TeachAids has been recognized as one of 12 laureates for the 2012 Tech Awards. TeachAids will be awarded the Microsoft Education Award for its uniquely effective software for HIV prevention education, particularly for its use in areas where HIV education is banned or inaccessible.

Since the discovery of HIV thirty years ago, the world has been struggling to solve the problem of how to provide effective prevention education despite the enormous stigma associated with the virus. With more than 200 partners, millions of learners, and usage in more than 70 countries, the TeachAids materials have made numerous breakthroughs in these challenges. Its milestone achievements included approvals by governments in areas with high stigma and in regions where other forms of HIV education are prohibited.

“Although HIV is preventable, millions of children have been orphaned by the virus. We were amazed at how TeachAids has been able to break through the taboos, using a rigorous research-based approach, and provide the highest quality education around the world."
- Leslie Zane, Senior Manager of The Tech Awards

Founded in 2000, The Tech Awards recognize technology innovations in education, environment, health, economic development, and other categories. The 12 laureates are chosen from all over the world by a panel of international judges ranging from academic, private, and public sectors. Previous winners include organizations such as Kiva, MIT OpenCourseWare, and Partners in Health.

This November, TeachAids will join laureates from around the world for a week-long conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. The week will end with a formal Awards Gala at the historic Tech Museum, and will be attended by more than 1400 industry experts, leading academics, and world leaders.

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