Madarasa School AIDS Education and Prevention Project in Uganda
In 1995, the Islamic Medical Association of Uganda (IMAU) developed an HIV/AIDS education programme for youth in Muslim religious schools to address a lack of information in the most vulnerable sector of Uganda's population: young people. IMAU and UNICEF developed an HIV/AIDS education curriculum with 36 lessons, each of which can be covered in a 40-minute session on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The curriculum is tailored for classes of mixed age groups. The HIV/AIDS education session is taught in addition to the religious topic addressed that day.
MAEP works with 350 Madarasa schools in Kamuli and Mpigi Districts. Madarasa schools are informal schools attached to mosques; they teach young people important principles of Islamic culture and behaviour. Each school is attended by approximately 50 children ranging up to 15 years of age. Classes include in-school as well as out-of-school children. Overall, 20,000 Muslim children have been given HIV/AIDS education in Madarasa schools since 1995. For more information about implementation of this program, visit the UNAIDS Best Practice Summary Booklet.