Background and Rationale

The Advocacy and Leadership Campaign to Advance the Education Sector is one response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Several initiatives within the Caribbean region and greater global community have converged to call for the education sector to strengthen the  its response to HIV/AIDS.  
In October 2004, the launch of Professors Kelly and Bain’s publication, Education and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, was a critical landmark, advocating that the education sector take greater action, improving its response and contributions to combating the HIV and AIDS epidemic. “The need for capacity building in the education sector has always been great, but HIV/AIDS has aggravated that need enormously.” 
Education sector capacity must move beyond a reliance primarily on prevention education to assume a comprehensive response. The pillars of such an approach are a combination of policy that combats stigma and discrimination with workplace standards and universal precautions that protect staff and students, prevention education, a healthy school environment, including the psycho-social aspects, and education about voluntary counselling and treatment.
From 2004-2008, there have been many dramatic steps forward. For example:

Jamaica and Barbados have education sector HIV and AIDS policies in place, and The Bahamas, Belize, St. Lucia and St. Kitts are moving in that direction

The University of the West Indies, HIV/AIDS Response Programme (HARP) has put new programs in place, provided training and many publications in support of education efforts broadly.
Instalment of Dr. David Plummer as the Commonwealth/UNESCO Chair on Education and HIV and AIDS, UWI, St. Augustine campus;
Strong international commitment and advocacy that the education sector adopts a comprehensive approach to HIV and AIDS, including policy, curriculum, services and a healthy psycho-social learning environment. 
Significant experience in technical assistance to disseminate HIV policies in schools at the local level throughout  the region
Development of Caribbean-specific HIV and AIDS student materials and training materials for teacher education colleges;
Preliminary orientation of  teacher union leaders from 19 countries;
CARICOM-supported creation of HFLE standards and sample lessons on 4 themes, one of which is sexuality and HIV and AIDS, along with a 4-country study of the implementation and impact. 
Research results, materials and learning’s from both the UWI HARP and CHART programmes on issues of gender, peer learning, behaviour change, VCT and treatment, etc.
A Masters in Education (Health Promotion with a special focus on HIV) has been developed at UWI St. Augustine. Continuation and expansion of peer education efforts by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, “Together We Can” program and the youth drop-in-centres in Jamaica and Suriname.
ILO adaptation of their HIV and AIDS workplace policies to the education sector;
Creation of the Caribbean Coalition of National AIDS Programme Coordinators (CCNAPC), HIV managers in ministries of education, providing an important regional vehicle for dissemination and capacity building.
UNESCO/EDC module developed on the Greater Involvement of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS for in country networks and ministries of education.
The creation of the Caribbean Education Sector HIV and AIDS Coordinator Network (EduCan), HIV Coordinators in the education sector providing an important regional vehicle for dissemination and capacity building.
And finally the ratification of the Port of Spain and Roseau Declarations.