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  • Lesson For Life, a global campaign, which seeks to encourage children to take action in their communities to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those who are affected, was formally launched today (September 30) at the Half-Way-Tree Primary School in Kingston.
  • Over 500,000 children in Jamaica will be taking part in the campaign, which is being organized internationally by the Global Movement for Children, a worldwide movement of organizations and people who work in support of the World AIDS Campaign.
  • Local organizers are the National HIV/AIDS Response Team and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.

Lesson For Life, a global campaign, which seeks to encourage children to take action in their communities to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those who are affected, was formally launched today (September 30) at the Half-Way-Tree Primary School in Kingston.

Over 500,000 children in Jamaica will be taking part in the campaign, which is being organized internationally by the Global Movement for Children, a worldwide movement of organizations and people who work in support of the World AIDS Campaign.

Local organizers are the National HIV/AIDS Response Team and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.

Education Minister, Hon. Maxine Henry-Wilson, who spoke at the launch, implored the students not to discriminate against persons living with HIV/AIDS.

“You are learning a lesson that you will need for the rest of your lives and so I encourage you to go out and explain what HIV/AIDS is and remember to be friends with and be kind to persons who live with HIV/AIDS,” the Minister urged.

National Coordinator of the campaign, Janelle Babb, informed that all public, private and secondary schools as well as youth groups were invited to take part in the special educational campaign, which was designed to also promote Health and Family Life Education (HFLE).

She further explained that by being a part of the initiative, students would have a chance to enter the ‘Make the Promise’ competition, where outstanding students would have the chance to win attractive prizes such as televisions sets, CDs and DVD players.

“Having completed the HFLE lesson with as many children as possible, each participating school or group has the opportunity to enter a regional, then national visual and performing arts competition,” Miss Babb explained.

The prizes will be awarded in the last week of November.

Meanwhile, Nada Marasovic, Programme Coordinator at UNICEF, said there were approximately 15 million children taking part in similar programmes worldwide.

“Children in the programme will be taking a decisive action against the spread of HIV/AIDS and it will lead to a great generation of children skilled in life,” she noted.

Lesson For Life is part of activities to mark World AIDS Day on December 1.

Local partners in the campaign include the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Jamaica Red Cross and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).