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ADB-SEAMEO-UNESCO project components

The methods employed to reach the target groups included radio-based programming, community-based information programmes, community-based learning centres (CLCs) and peer education support to ICT programmes. All activities focused on schools and communities in the especially high-risk cross-border areas. These included the border areas between Cambodia and Thailand; Lao PDR with Viet Nam and with Thailand; Yunnan with Viet Nam and Lao PDR; Viet Nam with Lao PDR and Cambodia; and Thailand with Lao PDR.

The UNESCO and SEAMEO components of this ADB-funded project focused on distinct target groups, which were inherently complementing to include those most at risk of HIV infection. Combined, the two components allowed for a comprehensive intervention in the GMS cross-border regions.

UNESCO: out-of school youth and other risk populations

The UNESCO part of the project had four components which were implemented in Lao PDR, Thailand and Yunnan, Province of China, namely:

  • radio drama for HIV/AIDS, trafficking, and drug use preventive education among highland minorities in the Greater Mekong Subregion;
  • the clearinghouse on preventive HIV/AIDS education for the GMS;
  • vulnerability mapping utilizing Geographic Information Systems; and
  • addressing special and interstitial populations.

Read more about the UNESCO component here

SEAMEO component: in-school youth

The SEAMEO part of the project strengthened existing preventive education efforts through the use of ICT. It had four components that were implemented in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam and Yunnan, Province of China, namely:

  • capacity building in terms of human resource and basic ICT infrastructure;
  • development of teaching/learning materials;
  • delivery of HIV/AIDS preventive education utilizing ICT-based learning materials; and
  • development of a web-based project database.

Read more about the SEAMEO component here