Month: December 2023

Schools4Health – Innovating health and education “Because children and youth who feel better, do better.”

Schools4Health – Innovating health and education “Because children and youth who feel better, do better.”

Join the Schools4Health seminar “Innovating health and education: Because children and youth who feel better, do better” on 31 January 2024. The seminar will be organised under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of European Union, and will take place in Brussels.

Background

Schools play an important role in shaping children and youth’s academic, physical, mental, and social development, with lasting impacts across their life course. Investments in state-of-the-art Health Promoting School approaches are a key entry point to cultivating healthier educational and social environments. The WHO defines a health promoting school as one which “is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working”. Such approaches not only enable students to develop good habits around nutrition, physical activity, and mental health, but are also part of the solution to interrelated societal challenges such as social inequity and climate change.

This is the ethos of the Schools4Health initiative (2023-2025), led by EuroHealthNet and funded under the EU4Health programme. Against this background, the seminar will explore how different stakeholders in policy and practice, across levels of governance and sectors, can work better together to optimise the contribution that schools can make to the health and wellbeing of students, the school community as well as the wider communities that they are in. The UNESCO Chair is one of the partners in this project.

The purpose of the seminar is to:

  • Gather experts, policy makers and other key stakeholders to convey the critical need to invest in health promoting school approaches and create enabling policy conditions for health promoting schools;
  • Spotlight country-level policies on health promotion in schools, presenting key policy insights from Schools4Health partners in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia and Spain;
  • Make links to the broader EU policy context and identify key tools which can be applied to mobilise health promoting approaches in and around schools;
  • Explore the state of the art in multistakeholder involvement and identify opportunities for collaboration to create healthier schools.

Seminar programme and registration

More information about the School4Health project.

More information about the seminar programme and registration.

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Webinar Digital Technologies for Disability Inclusion: All Learners on Equal Terms – 4 December 2023

Webinar Digital Technologies for Disability Inclusion: All Learners on Equal Terms – 4 December 2023

UNESCO IITE, in cooperation with the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), hosts a webinar ‘Digital Technologies for Disability Inclusion: All Learners on Equal Terms’ on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

This event is part of the UNESCO IITE flagship webinar series “Harnessing Technology to Transform Education”.

Background and Rationale

An ‘inclusive and equitable’ education lies at the core of the holistic SDG4. While the latter envisions inclusive education as encompassing all children, youth and adults, such education has historically been associated with, and often conceptualized as, education for persons with disabilities. The struggle of people with disabilities has therefore shaped the understanding of inclusion (2020 GEM Report, UNESCO, 2020).

UNESCO is convinced that ICTs can help mitigate the digital divide and foster the inclusion of persons with disabilities within an educational context as well as within society as a whole. Inclusive and accessible ICTs can be used to address the needs of persons with a variety of disabilities, to the extent that they encourage personalized lifelong learning, employment and social participation (From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities, UNESCO, 2014/22).

Purpose of the webinar

The webinar will provide a platform for concerned stakeholders: professional individuals and expert organizations, to highlight and discuss disability-inclusive and accessibility-driven technological improvements in education. During the online session the participants will:

  • introduce innovative and discuss existing (working) means to enhance and support inclusion through viable and sustainable use of digital technologies and pedagogical practices in education;
  • Identify the urgent needs and both existing and untapped opportunities, and present well-informed, high-impact proposals related to the use of disability-sensitive technological solutions across diverse educational settings;
  • share organizational best practices and personal professional contributions towards boosting inclusivity and quality of regional/national/local education through the meaningful use of available digital technology and application of innovative teaching practices;
  • discuss the benefits and pitfalls of rapid technology integration in the education and socialization of persons with disabilities and special learning needs across various contexts.

Concept Note and Agenda

Target Audience

Practicing educators and academia; line government officials (e.g. MoE experts), representatives of key development partners, international and local NGOs whose professional and personal concerns embrace issues of accessibility and equitable learning opportunities, inclusive and special needs education, teacher training and curriculum design, technological social responsibility, experts from associated government institutions, representatives of welfare/charity organizations.

Date and time

Monday, December 4, 2023, 16:00 – 17:30 (GMT+3/UTC +3) / 14:00 – 15:30 (CET/UTC +1).

Platform

Webinar will take place on Zoom platform and will be available in English.

Register here

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Intersectoral working among education and health: from words into actions – workshop during the 13th European Congress on Global Health

Intersectoral working among education and health: from words into actions – workshop during the 13th European Congress on Global Health

On 22 November 2023 the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education in collaboration with Maastricht UniversityVrije Universiteit AmsterdamJOGG and EuroHealthNet organized a workshop on “Intersectoral working among education and health: from words into actions”. It was one of the sessions during the 13th European Congress on Global Health, ECTMIH2023, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Intersectoral working

The COVID pandemic has highlighted the importance of intersectoral working between health and education sectors. Yet they still have their own objectives and speak their own language. During the workshop the importance of intersectoral working between health and education and especially how this can be put into practice, was highlighted.

Three presenters shared their experiences with intersectoral working in school and community settings and on implementation. Bonnie van Dongen (Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) presented the outcomes of her PhD study on ‘building community capacity as a strategy for sustainable implementation of Health Promoting Schools in the Netherlands. In the talk of Patty Scholten (manager Healthy Communities, JOGG, Netherlands) she presented the holistic approach based on health in and for all policies in local communities. Local JOGG coordinators build a network, with a focus on shared ownership. Finally Ingrid Stegeman (programme manager EuroHealthNet) highlighted some of the EuroHealthNet projects on linking health and education, for example the recently started ‘Schools4Health’ project.

Health and education seem so aligned, yet they operate so separately. It requires leadership from governments and organisations and well-informed, committed people. One of the conclusions after the lively discussion with participants, led by Prof Stef Kremers (professor of Health promotion, vice-dean Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University), was that effective cooperation between the two sectors all relies on good communication and using the right terminology. As one of the presenters said: ‘ don’t be afraid to try, embrace complexity and uncertainty’. The vision and work of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education which focuses on bringing the health and education sectors together on a global level, was briefly highlighted by Goof Buijs (manager UNESCO Chair).

You can download the presentations here:

Bonnie van Dongen

Patty Scholten

Ingrid Stegeman

Goof Buijs

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