GUWAHATI, Oct 29: Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) organised a one day re-orientation workshop on Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) with principals of District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) and Inspector of Schools of all districts of the State on Saturday at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara, Guwahati.
Welcoming the participants, project director, Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) Pomi Baruah, ACS said, “Adolescence Education Programme is implemented by state AIDS control societies through the DIETs and there are some districts in the State where the HIV prevalence rate is high and in those districts it must be ensured that more number of schools are covered under the programme.” She further said, “Recently, it has been found that there is an increase in number of new HIV infections amongst the drug users and thus HIV awareness amongst the adolescents and youths is the need of the hour. Without the support of the Education department, ASACS will not be able to reach out to the targeted population.”
Baruah further suggested conducting a convergence meeting with Education department as well as with other line departments for successful implementation of AEP.
Additional director, Elementary Education Department, Nripen Das, AES, stressed upon the implementation of the AEP programme in all the districts effectively and said that his department will offer the best possible support for the successful implementation of AEP.
Speaking during the inaugural session, Dr Anjanta Brahma, additional director, SCERT said, “As per new educational guidelines, while preparing the new curriculum for students and teachers, the topic of HIV with updated information will be included.”
The day long workshop included presentations by experts on updates of HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention, adolescents and drugs, implementation of AEP along with group activities with the participants.