Thursday, January 22, 2009

Agriculture and AIDS Education

The Nyanza Province, with the highest HIV prevalence in Kenya, is home to thousands of orphans. Five years ago, the UN set up a program there to help those children with a lack of farming skills and AIDS knowledge. The program is based on the "living classroom" method: students are given a small plot of land where they plant vegetables and fruits, tend to the crops, and study the different aspects of farming. As they learn important agricultural skills, they are also taught about AIDS treatment and prevention. The program has had great success over the years, with 17,000 children having graduated from the program. 12 African countries are currently participating and many more plan to join in the movement this year.
Source: UN News Centre