The manual “Education on sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and interpersonal skills for youth and their parents” presents a professional development program for teachers willing to implement educational activities regarding sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, and interpersonal communication for students in grades 8-11 and their parents. The publication is approved by the Scientific and Methodological Council of the Minsk City Institute for the Development of Education. The manual contains practical advice on organizing advanced training, knowledge assessment, seminar work, round tables, interactive classes, and lectures. The publication also includes sample questionnaires, useful links, and other practice-oriented materials.
The manual was devised by the Minsk City Institute for the Development of Education (MGIRO) together with the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs (BELAU) with the support of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE). The publication was the result of the implementation of a two-year humanitarian cooperation project between BelAU, MGIRO, and UNESCO IITE to improve the skills of educators in teaching about HIV prevention and healthy lifestyle culture in the Republic of Belarus. The project also included the introduction of multimedia resources and the involvement of parents in the education process. As a result, more than two hundred specialists from seven regions of Belarus received up-to-date knowledge and skills for conducting health education classes.
The project culminated with the international conference “Current challenges of health education and HIV prevention among young people in the educational settings” that took place in May 2019 in Minsk. Event participants discussed the diversity of forms of work on HIV prevention, building life skills, and developing healthy interpersonal relationships in formal and informal education systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Among conference speakers, there were representatives of education and health authorities, educational and public organizations from Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, and Estonia, as well as specialists from UNESCO IITE, UNFPA, UNICEF, the European and North American Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations.