The objective of the network is to accelerate the education sector response to HIV&AIDS in the ECOWAS Region and Mauritania through stronger and better quality actions at the national levels through the creation of a framework to share information and experiences and proposition of guidelines, the promotion of good practices, the information of the Conference of MoE of ECOWAS and Mauritania on the progress of the education sector response to HIV&AIDS in the region, advocacy for a broad-based commitment and support to the education response to fight HIV&AIDS (in ECOWAS and Mauritania), the development of Focal Points' capacity and the monitoring of progress.
In August 2004, Ghana hosted the first sub-regional workshop in ECOWAS with participation from all Anglophone countries in the region: Gambia , Ghana , Liberia , Nigeria and Sierra Leone . Observer teams from Nigeria and Senegal were also present. In November 2004, Senegal hosted a second sub-regional workshop with participation from all the remaining Francophone countries of the region. It is hoped that the countries that have attended the sub-regional workshop will be able to organize national workshops with assistance from the working group. Furthermore, it is envisaged that the technical output developed by the country teams at these workshops will be used by their Education Ministers in preparation for the next ECOWAS meeting of these Ministers.
To better support the programme implementation and to strengthen communication between countries, a network of
Ministry of Education Focal persons has been launched.