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African teacher unions pledge continuing activism for HIV/AIDS and EFA

published 14 December 2009 updated 14 December 2009

Teacher union activists working on the EI EFAIDS Programme gathered in Grand Bassam in Cote d’ Ivoire from 7 – 11 December 2009 to assess their progress to date on educating for HIV prevention and working to achieve EFA, and to plan a full programme of activities for 2010.

28 union representatives from across Africa were welcomed and hosted by the IE-SCI, the alliance of EI member organizations working on the national EFAIDS Programme in Côte d’Ivoire.

Presentations on the activities during 2009, thematic updates on the current situation of HIV/AIDS and EFA paved the way for debates on managing and resolving the situation of contractual teachers, on promoting positive living while retaining the focus on prevention, and on reinvigorating progress on the six EFA goals ahead of the 2015 deadline.

As unions finalised their activity plans for the coming year, they expressed their commitment to continue their work on HIV/AIDS and EFA beyond 2010.