Education and life skills

Education and Life Skills


Education and Life Skills

The Education and Life Skills program aims for children, especially marginalised children, to exercise their right to education by enrolling and completing primary school with minimal repetition, or to participate in non-formal education (NFE) programs. The program supports the UNDAF outcomes of a strengthened and intensified multi-sectoral national response to HIV and AIDS, and improved access to basic social services, especially for vulnerable and marginalized groups.

In line with the PRSAP goal of stopping new infections and managing existing infections to reduce vulnerability of children and families, the program supports strategies for ensuring access to Free Primary Education (FPE) through the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program.

UPE includes access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs, integration of inclusive education into all schools and access to primary education. In line with the PRSAP, the program will mainstream the use of innovative communication and participatory strategies in life skills to include HIV and AIDS and reproductive health issues in the school curriculum, and intensify sex education at primary and high school levels to discourage teenage pregnancies. The programme will work to make schools safe for children and assist schools in providing support to OVC. The programme relates to MDG 2 and has three AWPs: 1) gender and life skills 2) UPE and 3) schools as centres of care and support (SCCS).

Future Work Plan for 2011-2012

  • Continued support to MoET for the effective implementation of FPE and the strengthening of M&E
  • Advocacy and support for the introduction of Life Skills Education for HIV prevention lessons in all primary and secondary schools
  • Advocacy and capacity for a comprehensive action against violence, sexual violence and abuse in schools
  • Continued work on ECD, particularly for the finalization of the draft early learning standards and advocacy for a comprehensive Swaziland strategy on ECD Strengthening and scale up of SCCS in 90 schools.



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