ERIC Number: ED478651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Protecting the Rights of Young Children Affected and Infected by HIV/AIDS in Africa: Updating Strategies and Reinforcing Existing Networks. Action Research in Family and Early Childhood Monograph.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Early Childhood and Family Education Unit.
This monograph summarizes the issues discussed at an international workshop convened to identify strategies, lines of action, and innovative approaches to respond to the needs of young children faced by the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. The monograph provides background information on the HIV/AIDS pandemic; describes current initiatives and results of case studies; and discusses the interaction of culture, HIV/AIDS, and childrens rights. The workshop brought together representatives of early childhood development nongovernmental organizations (NGO), institutions, and United Nations organizations working in Africa. Participants reflected on child rights advocacy strategies in the context of HIV/AIDS and addressed the integrated approach calling for collaboration between numerous statutory bodies and voluntary organizations. Also examined at the workshop were revised case studies methodology, an outline for a Young Child and HIV/AIDS website, and an Action Plan proposal. Key questions addressed during the workshop related to: (1) obstacles in providing appropriate services for HIV/AIDS affected or infected young children; (2) cultural or religious causes of discrimination against these children; (3) cultural resources for combating discrimination; (4) the role of policy in ensuring the adequacy of programming; (5) principles to be observed in developing programs; (6) frameworks for protecting children rights; (7) strategies for developing partnerships among NGOs and government; and (8) the type of training required for sustainability. Recommendations relate to policy, advocacy, partnerships and collaboration, program planning and implementation, training, sustainability, communication, funding, and action plan development. The monograph's appendix lists participants and questions used to prepare the workshop. (Contains 29 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, Nongovernmental Organizations, Program Development, Young Children
Early Childhood and Family Education Section, ED/BAS/ECF/UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France. Tel: 33-01-45-68-08-12; Fax: 33-01-45-68-56-27; Web site: http://www.unesco.org/education/educprog/ecf/index.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Early Childhood and Family Education Unit.
Identifiers - Location: Africa