UNESCO works to achieve Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goal 2 by promoting the health of every individual within the school community. UNESCO promotes good policies and practice in the education sector, helps partners create safe learning environments, and promotes life skills-based instruction through modern, interactive teaching methods.Recent efforts include supporting the expansion of sexuality education and health services, promoting good practices in menstruation and puberty education, and addressing homophobic bullying.
School Health and Nutrition ProgramGoal: Improved education achievement through health and nutrition programming This means we work to:Increase the use of health and nutrition services in schools Increase access to water and sanitation facilities in schools; Promote healthy behaviors and skills-based education; andAdvance school health related policies(FRESH – international framework)
Education and ‘One Health’
Chris Castle, Chief
Section of HIV and Health Education
Division of Education for
Peace and Sustainable Development
UNESCO’s Work in Health
• UNESCO works to achieve Education for All
(EFA) and Millennium Development Goal 2 by
promoting the health of every individual
within the school community.
• UNESCO promotes good policies and practice
in the education sector, helps partners create
safe learning environments, and promotes life
skills-based instruction through modern,
interactive teaching methods.
• Uses participatory exercises for skills development:
– cognitive skills: creative and critical thinking, and
– personal skills: anger management and emotional
– interpersonal skills: communication, cooperation and
• There are connections between skills-based health
education and Global Citizenship Education, which
includes environmental stewardship
• Physical environment: free from danger,
disease, physical harm or injury; sufficient water
and sanitation facilities are available and
physical structures are sound, welcoming and
• Socio-emotional environment: students are free
from fear or exploitation, and where codes
against misconduct exist and are enforced.
• Treatment services improves the ability to
concentrate and learn
• School-based counselling services can
prevent/reduce school absenteeism and dropout
• Referral system can ensure that learners get
• School-level: policies set priorities, objectives,
standards and rules to protect and promote
the health and safety of students and staff.
• National-level: School-level health-related
policies are most effective when supported by
a national level policy framework that
articulates expectations for schools across the
Selected UNESCO Initiatives Underway
• Support to countries to scale up
comprehensive sexuality education
• Young People Today. Time to Act Now!
• Addressing homophobic bullying
• Menstruation and puberty education
• Global Citizenship Education Forum
In sum, UNESCO supports ‘One Health’ through
evidence-informed good policies and practices
that make schools healthier for learners to learn
and teachers to teach, and where the whole
school community learns to be healthy.