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On 14 July 2022, the government of Eswatini and the United Nations launched the Education Plus Initiative on at the Moyeni High School in the Mafutseni Constituency. The Minister of Education and Training, Mrs. Lady Howard-Mabuza, launched the initiative with several United Nations country representatives led by the UN Resident Coordinator, George Wachira. Messages of support came from the British High Commissioner, US Ambassador representative, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) representative, the National AIDS Council (NERCHA) and ministry of health officials.

The event was also graced by traditional authorities from different imiphakatsi in the Mafitseni constituency, several civil society organizations leaders, senior government officials, parents, teachers, and learners from different schools. Students from various schools performed plays, songs and poetry, relaying the call for more action towards their education.

Β· An estimated 32% of children of secondary-school age in Eswatini are orphaned.
Β· 1/3 of new HIV infections in Eswatini still occur among adolescent girls and young women.
Β· Girls dropout rate in primary school is at 18% and 35% for junior secondary school.
Β· 33% of females aged 13 to 18 years have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.


An estimated 32% of children of secondary-school age in Eswatini are orphaned.

Upcoming Activities

October 11, 2023

October 11, International Day of the Girl Child

October 12, 2023

October 11-12β€―, 2023 Global Forum for Adolescents (GFA)

December 4, 2023

International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)