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Over 40 stakeholders of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will attend a workshop to develop a policy on HIV and AIDS for that sector, next week.

The workshop will, however, be conducted in two phases at United Nations (UN) ??House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church. The first stakeholders session will be from Monday, October 31 to November 1, while the other will run from Monday, November 7, to Tuesday, November 8.?? Both will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

According to the Ministry, a policy-based response to HIV and AIDS will, among other things, see the development of systems and laws that reflect a common understanding of HIV and AIDS across the entire sector and strengthen ownership of the sector response.

It is also hoped that it would galvanise leadership at all levels; provide strategic directions for the entire sector; establish clear priorities for action; and define rights and entitlements.?? The workshop should also clarify roles and responsibilities and establish a basis for mobilising human and financial resources and sustaining the response.

The main facilitators for the sessions will be consultant, Dr. Veronica Evelyn and Project Coordinator of the Education Development Centre, Health and Human Development Division of the CARICOM Secretariat, Arlene Husbands.

The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. with the Deputy Chief Education Officer, Curtis Pilgrim delivering the feature address.


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