The revised education sector policy on HIV/AIDS will enable children infected with the disease receive quality basic education like others, Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.
The policy aims at equipping teachers, parents and other educationists with the skills and tools they need to ensure that uninfected young people are safe and the infected ones get support they need to go to school strong and ready to learn.
Dr. Kipsang said the policy is also meant to reduce new infections, mitigate the spread of the virus in learning institutions and at homes, and create awareness on HIV/Aids and campaign against stigma against those infected.
The Principal Secretary made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Basic Education Director Leah Rotich yesterday during the launch of the Education Sector Policy on HIV AIDS at a Nairobi hotel.
The policy identifies four key areas that each sub-sector should address namely; prevention, care and support, workplace issues and management of response to HIV/ Aids.
Dr. Kipsang said the policy seeks to deal with the emerging issues such as the needs for HIV positive learners, comprehensive age appropriate sexual and reproductive health education and accessibility to Voluntary Counseling Training (VCT) services by young people from the age of 16 years and above which is critical to the education sector.
The Principal Secretary said that the review of the policy was a clear indication that the ministry is committed to the fight against the HIV/ Aids scourge by working with other stakeholders to bring the infections to zero.
Dr. Kipsang said that the Kenya Vision 2030 and Sessional paper NO.14 of 2012 accords education a central role in the fight against HIV/AIDS in realization of the economic, social and political targets.
“The fight against the disease is also in line with the government’s commitment to Education for All (EAF) and Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) which underline the role of education in socio-economic development,” he said.
The PS noted that the policy will be carried out through different sub-sectors at National, County and sub- county levels as the ministry plans to establish an Aids Control Unit (ACU) in every county.
The policy is majorly financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nation Education and Socio-Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
By Diana Meso Davanji