Educational reform / measures to keep girls in school
Advocacy efforts and support for programmes that aim to keep adolescent girls and young women in school, particularly into secondary school level have been shown to help reduce the risk of HIV amongst AGYW in various ways:
Keeping girls in school helps to reduce early marriage and risky sexual partnerships
Keeping girls in school provides them with an opportunity to receive comprehensive sexuality education within schools, and
Higher education is linked to reduced HIV prevalence in later life – it helps to create educated, more independent young women who are better placed to make healthy life choices.
HIV prevalence among young women who received one additional year of schooling in Botswana was 17% after ten years compared to 25% among those who did not receive the additional year of schooling.
In a study in South Africa, the risk of acquiring HIV for women who stayed in school and attended more often was reduced by two thirds.
The organisation has the capacity to carry out advocacy for increasing access and gender parity in education, with a focus on enhancing girls access to secondary education.
The organisation has the capacity to support efforts to achieve equitable access to schooling for orphaned adolescents.
The organisation is able to coordinate and network with partners in the education sector and parental groups, and to present investment cases to ministries of finance, education and decentralized local authorities.