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Education and HIV/AIDS prevention : evidence from a randomized evaluation in Western Kenya

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  • Duflo, Esther
  • Dupas, Pascaline
  • Kremer, Michael
  • Sinei, Samuel

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The authors report results from a randomized evaluation comparing three school-based HIV/AIDS interventions in Kenya: (1) training teachers in the Kenyan Government's HIV/AIDS-education curriculum; (2) encouraging students to debate the role of condoms and to write essays on how to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS; and (3) reducing the cost of education. Their primary measure of the effectiveness of these interventions is teenage childbearing, which is associated with unprotected sex. The authors also collected measures of knowledge, attitudes, and behavior regarding HIV/AIDS. After two years, girls in schools where teachers had been trained were more likely to be married in the event of a pregnancy. The program had little other impact on students'knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, or on the incidence of teen childbearing. The condom debates and essays increased practical knowledge and self-reported use of condoms without increasing self-reported sexual activity. Reducing the cost of education by paying for school uniforms reduced dropout rates, teen marriage, and childbearing.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4024.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4024

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Keywords: Tertiary Education; Primary Education; Education For All; Population Policies; Teaching and Learning;

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  1. Dupas, Pascaline, 2005. "Relative Risks and the Market for Sex: Teenagers, Sugar Daddies and HIV in Kenya," MPRA Paper 248, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2006.
  2. Kirby, Douglas & Coyle, Karin, 1997. "School-based Programs to Reduce Sexual Risk-taking Behavior," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 19(5-6), pages 415-436.
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