The impact of HIV/AIDS on primary and secondary education in Botswana: developing a comprehensive strategic response

Abstract

This report presents the findings of an impact assessment of HIV/AIDS on primary and secondary schooling in Botswana. On the basis of this assessment, the report then outlines a comprehensive strategy that will effectively mitigate the likely impacts of this scourge on the education sector. The report is structured around the following three areas of impact:

  • the impact of school-based HIV/AIDS education in preventing the further spread of the virus among children and youth
  • the actual and likely future impact of HIV/AIDS on children, particularly among those who are most directly affected, namely, orphans, carers, and children who are HIV positive
  • the actual and likely impact of HIV/AIDS on teachers and other staff employed by the Ministry of Education.

A six-person team undertook this study between March and October 2000. Three types of data were collected: quantitative and qualitative information from a representative sample of primary and secondary schools in two districts (Kweneng East and North East); confidential interviews with senior managers and other professional staff in the MoE, other relevant ministries and civil society organisations, and secondary data from a variety of sources.

Citation

Educational Paper No. 45, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 468 2, 150 pp.

The impact of HIV/AIDS on primary and secondary education in Botswana: developing a comprehensive strategic response

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