Gender, HIV/AIDS and the Status of Teachers

Report of the Third Commonwealth Teachers' Research Symposium

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In February 2008 the Commonwealth Secretariat collaborated with Education International, the worldwide umbrella organisation of teachers’ unions, to hold the third in a series of research symposiums.

Researchers from Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Zambia met in Maputo to address the most critical human resource for the achievement of education goals – the teacher.

Under the theme of ‘Gender, HIV/AIDS and the Status of Teachers’ the symposium looked at the mobility of teachers and assessed the impact and effect of HIV/AIDS on education and the teaching profession.

This publication reports the fruits of their discussions, and their recommendations on these three key issues.



The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education and the Teaching Profession, I

Mr Dennis Sinyolo welcomed participants to the second day of the symposium, which focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on education and the teaching profession. Introducing the presenters, he explained that in collaboration with strategic partners, EI had initiated an Education for AIDS programme through the unions in several regions. Ms Helena Awurasa, the EFAIDS co-ordinator for the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), and Ms Lulama Nare, Head of the Gender Department of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), made presentations on aspects of their research, which had informed the EFAIDS programme in those countries.


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