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Workshop on Socializing HIV Prevention in Youth through Journalism and Social Media with opportunities in non formal education

11.10.2011

UNESCO Office, Jakarta in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in Malaysia, organized a regional Workshop on “Socializing HIV Prevention in Youth through Journalism and Social Media with opportunities in NFE in Timor-Leste, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines” which was hosted in Jakarta, from 29th to 30th of September 2011.

The workshop endeavored to improve the skills of media professionals to use social media in awareness raising campaigns about HIV prevention and AIDS with light focus on enriching the UNESCO Tertiary HIV e-Learning Distance Course to be launched in February, 2012.

It highlighted the importance of media’s role in the response to HIV and the role young adolescents play using social media. It was stated that media can play a crucial role in bridging the gap in two main directions – raising the public awareness about HIV complex issues and re-enforcing the behavioral changes needed to reverse the trend. To be able to do so, the broadcasting organizations need to have production staff trained to cover the complex HIV and AIDS issues in a knowledgeable and responsible way.

The workshop was successfully attended by over 30 media professionals, government officials, youth working on HIV and related stakeholders from seven countries.

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For inquires in UNESCO Office, Jakarta please contact:

Anwar Alsaid – Head of Education Unit (a.alsaid@unesco.org)
Ahmed Afzal – HIV-AIDS & School Health (a.afzal@unesco.org)


(Source: UNESCO Office in Jakarta website)