Regional Education Summit on HIV / AIDS in Africa, RESHAA 2011

Posted: September 21, 2011 in African Youth and development, African Youth Summit

The 1st Regional Education Summit on HIV / AIDS in Africa, RESHAA 2011 is the Continent of Africa’s meeting on the Education Sector Response to HIV / AIDS. It is scheduled to hold in Abuja Nigeria between November 6 – 11 and is hosted by the Federal  Ministry of Education, through its HIV / AIDS Unit in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and other stakeholders. There will be several pre-summit activities between November 4-5, 2011.

Summit Programme

The Scientific Programme of the 1st Regional Education Summit on HIV/AIDS in Africa is aimed at sharing experiences and best practices on HIV/AIDS Education. This experience will lead to better informed and evidence based interventions in the education sector both in the near and distant future and in diverse situations and environments.

The Scientific Programme Committee will ensure that the content will be relevant to current and emerging issues such as HIV prevention in resource-limited settings, innovative approach to remove access barriers and promote service uptake.  One of such approaches could be innovative implementation of Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE).

In addition to abstract-driven sessions, the Summit will offer daily plenary sessions featuring distinguished researchers, scientific leaders and experts. Other non–abstract-driven sessions include Special Sessions, Round Table Sessions, Skills Building Sessions, Community-Based presentations and Symposia in form of Satellite sessions, focusing on topical issues by key individuals and organizations.


Abstract driven sessions will include track-specific and cross-track abstract-driven sessions. Cross-track sessions will offer multi-disciplinary discussions and different perspectives on activities carried out by individual and organizations on a given topic. These presentations are such that have never been presented in any conference, summit or fora.

There will be two types of Abstract-Driven sessions namely Oral and Poster Abstracts.  Both sessions will be determined by the Abstract Review Team made up of experts who will review the Abstracts and give them the best form of presentation.

Oral Abstract Sessions

Oral Abstracts are Abstracts reviewed and accepted for Oral Presentations.  Oral Abstract Sessions include speakers who will each deliver a presentation. Questions will be taken from the audience.  The Oral Abstract session will be moderated by a Chair and a Co-Chair while a Rapportuer will document and report on the session.  These sessions will take place after the Plenary sessions each day.

Poster Abstract Sessions

Abstracts accepted for Poster presentations will be exhibited during this Summit.  The presenters will stand by their presentations to explain and give answers to questions from participants who will come around their stands. Oral Poster presentation Sessions will be scheduled daily at midday.


In addition to abstract-driven sessions, the Summit will offer non-abstract driven sessions which will address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. The format and focus of these sessions will vary.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will feature experts on HIV/AIDS Education, Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE), School Health etc.  This session will speak to the track and sub-track for the day.  Plenary Sessions will take place the first each and followed by break out sessions.  All delegates are expected to participate throughout the duration of the Summit.

Special Sessions

Special sessions will feature presentations by highly visible and highly placed HIV/AIDS Ambassadors and policy makers. These sessions would be sponsored either by the Summit Secretariat or organizations.  These sessions may be opened to all participants or selectively restricted.  These sessions will be held after lunch each day through the summit.

Round Table Sessions

These are sessions that are either sponsored by organizations or by the Summit Secretariat and, are specifically targeted to select participants.

Skills Building Sessions

Skills Building Sessions are organized at no extra cost to provide orientation, offer vocational skills to individuals and strengthen the capacities of youth-led organizations.  The sessions will run simultaneously with the Special and Round Table Sessions.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Sessions are organized to reach out to the communities.  These sessions take place in the community village and may run parallel with the Special, Round Table and Skills Building Sessions.

Satellite Sessions

Satellite sessions are for organizations that come to showcase their activities and promote their products during the summit.  These sessions hold after the Special and Round Table Sessions and they will be on a buy-in basis.

Click to Submit an Abstract:

The Objective of the Summit is:

  • 1.    To create a platform for both students and stakeholders in the educational sector to interact on HIV related issues and address the impact on young people

  • 2.    To involve young people in dialogue through their active voices and active participation towards preventing new infection and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS among the in school youth.
  • 3.    To explore innovative strategies and its application like the use of ICT for HIV prevention within the school setting.
  • 4.    Increase the proportion of young people and peer educators by 40% who have appropriate knowledge of HIV&AIDS as well as right attitude, behavior and life building skills by the end of 2015.


Skills Building Sessions are organized at no extra cost to provide orientation, offer vocational skills to individuals and strengthen the capacities of youth-led organizations.  The sessions will run simultaneously with the Special and Round Table Sessions.

Topics for the Skills Building Sessions are generated from the theme and daily tracks of the Summit as follows:

Track A: Policy and Coordination
Track B: Workplace Initiative
Track C: Prevention Education using School Based Approach
Track D: Informal Education
Track E: Research and Monitoring/Evaluation
Track F: Integration into other developmental issues

The Skills Building submitter will be required to put up a summary of his/her presentation or presentations and send to .  The presentations will be reviewed by the Reviewers.  Submitters  of ACCEPTED presentations will be contacted.  Also note that submitters of NOT ACCEPTED presentations will be contacted to notify them of the status of their presentations.

Deadline for submission Skills Building presentations is September 15, 2011








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