Plan for Change: HIV and AIDS Toolkit

KS3: ages 11-14PDF

This toolkit is one of a set created by Plan Canada, which explore key global issues and themes in Plan’s international development work in an accessible way. The toolkits promote discussion around both the challenges and possible solutions to address these issues. They are well-suited for teachers, educators, youth leaders, mentors, and clubs.

Every child needs love, health, education and protection in childhood. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates these needs as rights, among others. But in communities where HIV and AIDS are prevalent, children are often denied their rights. These diseases take a toll on the health of parents and children alike, sometimes leaving children orphaned or discriminated against. Instead of going to school, many children are forced to earn an income to help ease the financial strain caused by sick parents unable to work. Children deserve a childhood free from these stresses.

This toolkit aims to help you explore the issue of HIV and AIDS. Inside, you’ll find resources and information to help you:

  • Understand the wording used to communicate about HIV and AIDS
  • Get the facts about HIV and AIDS and how children are affected
  • Be inspired by what young people and Plan are doing around the world
  • Go deeper through focused activities that unpack the issues in more depth
  • Plan for Change and take action to help children affected by HIV and AIDS.


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