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© UNICEF Malaysia/2006/Nadchatram
Children, teens and youth use the PROSTAR-UNICEF Youth Centres in rural Kedah to "hang out", play games, access information and education relating to HIV and AIDS as well as develop their leadership skills.

UNICEF is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s PROSTAR program (Healthy Living without AIDS for Youth) to set up youth centres in rural districts in Kedah and Perlis for in- and out-of-school youth. The centres offer children and young people a safe space to meet and access peer-to-peer support for life-skills and information on HIV and AIDS.

From an initial target group of 35,000 youths, the program will be rolled out to the entire state of Kedah and will benefit most of its estimated 900,000 children, young people and women.  In 2007, the program was initiated in Perlis with support from Manchester United FC through the United for UNICEF partnership.

© UNICEF Malaysia/2006/Nadchatram
An estimated 5,000 school-going children in Kedah benefitted from the Ministry of Education and UNICEF's HIV Life-Skills Based Education pilot project.

HIV Life Skills-Based Education
With support from UNICEF, the Ministry of Education is taking important steps to introduce HIV Life Skills-Based Education (LSBE) into the Malaysian school system.

In a pilot program, teachers from 20 primary and secondary schools in Kedah were trained in personal and social development as well as prevention of health and social problems such as drug abuse and HIV and AIDS to benefit an estimated 5,000 school-going children in the state.

By demonstrating the effectiveness of the pilot project at the state level, UNICEF will support the scaling up of LSBE education nationally by end 2007.

AIDS Education at “First Touch Football for Teens”
In 2007, AIESEC peer youth educators are working in partnership with UNICEF and the Football Association of Malaysia to use football as an entry point to educate teenage footballers about the dangers of HIV, and what they can do to avoid it. In addition to the educational workshops, football is used a platform to inspire young people and provide them with the right skills to cope with the challenges of growing up.

The program complements UNICEF’s strategic approach to HIV prevention amongst youth through life skills-based education in and out-of school.




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