Schools and the educational sector have an important role to play in the HIV response by:
- Providing children and youth with information and skills to help them make healthy and responsible decisions about HIV risk behaviours now and over their lifetime.
- Ensuring that all children and youth can access and participate in education, a well-known protective factor against HIV risk behaviours.
- Fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for children and youth living with, affected by, and vulnerable to HIV.
- Encouraging student engagement in the HIV response.
Schools in Ontario are supported by the Ministry of Education’s curriculum and social inclusion policies, by laws governing access for people with disabilities, and by human rights organizations. For more information on relevant policies, see http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.html.