Swaziland, has the highest HIV prevalence in the world at 26% of 15-49 year olds living with HIV, and 15.1% of the young people (15- 24) are living with HIV (22.9% females and 5.9% males). Knowledge about HIV prevention among youth age 15-24 is 49.1% among females and 50.9% among males, which is an indication that there are some knowledge gaps on HIV prevention in this age group.
The HIV-focused Life Skills Education Program (LSE) in Swaziland is a national, multi-stakeholder program funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), OSISA, and UNICEF to bring formalized HIV-prevention education into 220 secondary school classrooms in the country, reaching 80,000 youth annually with HIV prevention and life skills education.
World Education's Bantwana Initiative worked closely with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to standardize and adopt HIV-prevention education for all in-school Swazi adolescents, developing 5 syllabus’ and parallel student-centered HIV-focused life skills curricula and facilitator guides; teacher trainings and sensitization sessions for school communities; game-based supplementary materials for forms 1 – 5 (i.e. lower and upper secondary). To monitor the impact of the program, WEI/B supported implementation of a KAP Study to measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) related to HIV prevention across one year of the program.