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received training on LSBE and HIV prevention. 15,700 scouts and rovers received orientation from trained peers. 600 street children received training on the above topics. More than 2,000 street children received information on HIV from peer educators in Dhaka and Chittagong.

297.In 2005, the National Strategic Plan for HIV&AIDS (2004-2010) was adopted which has prioritized five programme objectives: provision of support and services for priority groups, prevention of vulnerability to HIV infection, promotion of safe practices in the health care system, provision of care and support services for people living with HIV; and minimizing the impact of the HIV epidemic.

298.Bangladesh has a large population of youth and adolescents. This group could be particularly vulnerable to HIV&AIDS mainly due to poor access to information and lack of youth/adolescent friendly services for prevention and care of the disease. According to MICS 2006, 60 percent of adolescent boys (aged 10-19) and 57 percent of adolescent girls heard of HIV & AIDS. Among those who heard of HIV & AIDS, only 52 percent of boys and 34 percent of girls knew that they can protect themselves from HIV by using condom.

VII.  EDUCATION, LEISURE, RECREATION AND CULTURE

A.  Measures taken on the concluding observations

299.Bangladesh’s success in increasing school enrolment along with closing the gender gap has been one of the most notable achievements in last 15 years. The enrolment rate has substantially increased, maintaining 97 percent since 2002, for undertaking various measures like awareness programme, introduction of stipend, school feeding programme etc, the female enrolment rate being slightly higher than male. Rural urban difference has also reduced substantially. Although commendable progress has been achieved, higher drop out rate and quality of education are still big concerns. The Government is in the process of undertaking different measures to improve the situation.

300.The budget allocation for education has been increasing over the recent years. The State Party with the assistance of UNICEF has implemented Intensive District Approach to Education for All (IDEAL) Project, and later on Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP) with a view to improve quality of education through a wide range of intervention, and most recently through emphasizing Life Skills Based Education (LSBE).Some other projects and measures were undertaken. A total of 35,000 teachers are being recruited nationally by 2007, training programmes are being expanded and new facilities created.

301.For increasing families’ knowledge and awareness about early childhood development, the State Party implemented the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project. The capacity of the teachers/stakeholders were attempted to enhance for rendering quality education as well as creating child-friendly environment in the schools. With the support of NGOs/CBOs, the State Party is extending services related to parenting education and education for care givers through different programmes across the country. Overall monitoring of educational activities has been strengthened.

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