Month: April 2024

Publication – The Lancet and colonialism: past, present, and future

Publication – The Lancet and colonialism: past, present, and future

To mark its 200th anniversary, the Lancet has published an article[1] highlighting its past and more recent links with colonialist thinking. The publication shows how the journal has legitimised and continues to promote specific types of expertise, knowledge, perspectives and interpretations in the field of health and medicine. It is based on the assumption that colonised populations have inferior ways of producing knowledge and contributes to maintaining inequalities.
The Lancet’s role is not isolated; other institutions and knowledge platforms have promoted colonialist thinking. Based on concrete examples, this article aims to launch a wider debate on the decolonisation of knowledge sharing and production practices at global level.

[1] Khan, M. S., Naidu, T., Torres, I., Noor, M. N., Bump, J. B., & Abimbola, S. (2024). The Lancet and colonialism : Past, present, and future. The Lancet403(10433), 1304‑1308. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(24)00102-8

Read the article (free access)

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Invitation to share your ideas and practices in the I-BEST ideas box

Invitation to share your ideas and practices in the I-BEST ideas box

he Education and Solidarity Network and the Foundation for Public Health, in partnership with Education International and the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, have launched the 2nd edition of the International Barometer of the Health and Wellbeing of Education Personnel (I-BEST) in 2023.

During the webinar of the I-BEST 2023, Didier Jourdan, holder of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, made the observation about the lack of attractiveness of working in the education sector, before giving an overview of the challenges facing education:

Today’s challenge for current and future teachers is the quality of life at work, well-being and social protection.

I would also like to point out that when it comes to the health of adolescents in schools, and more generally the promotion of health in schools, it is important to remember that one of the key factors in the favourable development of our education systems towards taking account of the mental health and well-being of pupils is the health of teachers.

Today, bringing to the fore issues relating to the health and well-being of teachers is an absolutely major challenge, and this is the reason for the commitment of the UNESCO Chair and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health & Education to trade union organizations, the ESN and the Public Health Foundation.

Call for action: contribute to our ideas box on initiatives to be developed to enhance school staff well-being

A central element of the webinar was the insight gained from the experience and feelings of staff. The weakening of their mental health stood out. We are therefore launching the I-BEST Ideas Box to collect your concrete initiatives to support the well-being of education staff, such as stress management tools, mental health resources, decent working conditions and other measures needed to improve the lives of those who shape the future of our societies.

By uniting our voices and taking action, we can make a real difference to the lives of education staff and, by extension, to the education of children.

If you have any questions about I-BEST, please contact: secretariat@educationsolidarite.org

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Greek national launch event UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education

Greek national launch event UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education

The team of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education is delighted to invite you to its Greek national launch event. The launch event will take place on Tuesday 16 April 2024 from 10.00 until 14.00 EEST at the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital Auditorium in Athens, Greece and online.

The theme of the launch event is “Advocating for Adolescent Health”.

The event is held under the auspices of: the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Health.

In collaboration with: the Greek Society for Adolescent Health/Medicine (G.S.A.M), “FOR Adolescent Health” Scientific Organization, “THALPOS” – Mental Health, the National Healthy Cities Network World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)

Local organizers are: MSc «Str. of Developmental and Adolescent Health», Medical School of Athens, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens N.K.U.A. and Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.), Second Dpt of Pediatrics N.K.U.A., “P. & A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital”

With the support of: the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education and LIFELINE Hellas.

Registration and Zoom link

To register for the event.

The Zoom link for online participation.

For the full programme please see the UNESCO Chair website.

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Global meeting: Tackling challenges and sharing solutions for the health and well-being of education staff

Global meeting: Tackling challenges and sharing solutions for the health and well-being of education staff

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Global meeting: Tackling challenges and sharing solutions for the health and well-being of education staff, organized by the Education and Solidarity Network, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, as part of the 10th World Congress of Education International. The meeting will take place on 27 July 2024, in person in Buenos Aires, Argentina and online.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Education and Solidarity Network, this year’s event offers a day of exchange of knowledge, experience, and research, focused on the health and well-being of educational staff. Share your experiences, discover innovative projects, and make links with partners working for health, social protection, and education.

Programme

The meeting will start with a main conference providing a global overview of the health and well-being of educational staff followed by a panel discussion where you will be able to discuss with experts from various international organizations who will present their work, research, and public policies.

The second part of the day will be devoted to the Solutions Forum with workshops addressing themes arising from the 2023 International Barometer of health and well-being of Education Staff (I-BEST) results such as psychological health, work environment, safe and positive school climate, social protection, and health.

You will be able to discover initiatives and share your ideas, concerns, and aspirations to promote the health and well-being of educational staff.

Access the programme.

Practical information

Interpretation will be available in French, English, and Spanish, more practical information and the registration form is available on the ESN website.
Attending the meeting is free of charge and the event is also accessible online.

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Join the Scientific & Abstract Review Committees for the 13th IAAH World Congress on Adolescent Health

Join the Scientific & Abstract Review Committees for the 13th IAAH World Congress on Adolescent Health

The International Association for Adolescent Health’s 13th World Congress will be held in Jamaica on November 6-8, 2025. IAAH is looking for volunteers to assist with developing and refining keynote, plenary sessions, workshops, and symposia sessions, and youth participation activities, as well as persons to help with reviewing submitted abstracts and workshop proposals.

You are invited to share your experience, knowledge, and expertise by joining the Scientific and/or Abstract Review Committees. Committees will be asked for written input several times over the coming months, and will have 3 or 4 conference calls or webinar meetings for these committees over the next 18 months as a part of program planning.

Please click here to complete the survey to sign up for these important committees.

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