HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention through Schools in Vietnam
This project was the main component of the UNICEF-assisted HIV/AIDS prevention project of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). Initiated in 1997, the project trained teachers in skills-based health education for HIV/AIDS and other STD prevention, and supported them to implement the new approach in the classroom.
Skills-based HIV/AIDS/STD related lessons were developed for grades 1-12 and integrated into the existing curriculum. New teachers' guidebooks and student worksheets were developed by those trained. In the initial implementation year, a total of 300 teachers implemented, and 15,000 students studied life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Another 5,000 youth studied life skills and other topics with 140 Viet Nam Red Cross trainers supported by UNICEF. By early 2000, the approach had been fully implemented in all primary schools, and continues to expand across secondary schools with full support from the Ministry of Education and Training.