Education and ‘One Health’

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GRF 2nd One Health Summit 2013: Presentation by Christ Castle, «Organisation»

GRF 2nd One Health Summit 2013: Presentation by Christ Castle, «Organisation»

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  • 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)

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  • 1. Education and ‘One Health’ Chris Castle, Chief Section of HIV and Health Education Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development UNESCO
  • 2. Overview of UNESCO • UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information • It has 195 member states • The Constitution of UNESCO came into force on 4 November 1946 • It is based in Paris, France UNESCO headquarters © UNESCO/M. Ravassard
  • 3. UNESCO’s Work in Health Education • 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.
  • 4. Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) • Close relationship between health, physical and cognitive development, school participation and academic achievement. • The FRESH partnership: UN agencies and civil society working together in school health for the achievement of development and education goals. • FRESH is guided by a 4-part framework that resonates with the One Health concept. These are health education, environment, services and policy. ©UNAIDS
  • 5. Equitable school health policies To be healthy to learn Safe Learning environment and… School based health & nutrition services Skills based health education To learn to be healthy
  • 6. Skills-based Health Education
  • 7. • Uses participatory exercises for skills development: – cognitive skills: creative and critical thinking, and decision-making; – personal skills: anger management and emotional coping; and, – interpersonal skills: communication, cooperation and negotiation skills • There are connections between skills-based health education and Global Citizenship Education, which includes environmental stewardship
  • 8. Safe and Healthy Learning Environment
  • 9. • Physical environment: free from danger, disease, physical harm or injury; sufficient water and sanitation facilities are available and physical structures are sound, welcoming and secure. • Socio-emotional environment: students are free from fear or exploitation, and where codes against misconduct exist and are enforced.
  • 10. Health Services
  • 11. • 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 adequate support
  • 12. Equitable School Health Policies
  • 13. • 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 country
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Examples  School-based deworming  Safe water and sanitation © The Partnership for Child Development/F. Peel
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. MERCI unesco.org/aids