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Call for posters – Share your initiatives for health and well-being promotion of education professionals

Call for posters – Share your initiatives for health and well-being promotion of education professionals

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Education and Solidarity (ESN) and in light of the conclusions of I-BEST 2023 and the importance of promoting the well-being of education professionals, ESN and UNESCO Chair “Global Health and Education” (GHE) are launching the “I-BEST Poster Awards” to collect your initiatives and good practices for health and well-being promotion.

3 initiatives in particular will receive awards and financial support.
For more details, please see:

  1. The call for participation and associated prices
  2. A poster template

We strongly encourage you to share the initiatives of your organization with an international audience. Send your contribution, no later than July 9, 2024, to the following address: secretariat@educationsolidarite.org

The selected posters will then be exhibited online on ESN and its partners’ websites from the 3rd week of July, and physically at the I-BEST Solutions Forum on July 27 in Buenos Aires.

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<strong>Publication – The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: A renewed commitment to intersectoral action for child and adolescent health</strong>

Publication – The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: A renewed commitment to intersectoral action for child and adolescent health

In May 2024, the Lancet published an article [1] highlighting the renewed mandate of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education and WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Education and Health. Led by Co-Chairs Didier Jourdan and Nicola Gray, the initiative aims to address global challenges at the nexus of health and education, particularly in the context of the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and adolescent health and education, rising inequality, and the climate crisis. Their joint second mandate emphasizes building a diverse global community of professionals to promote intersectoral action, enhance capacity within schools, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge in health promotion research. The approach prioritizes inclusivity and cultural sensitivity, engaging stakeholders to develop effective strategies for advancing child and adolescent health and education on a global level.

[1] Thorley J. (2024). A renewed commitment to intersectoral action for child and adolescent health. The Lancet. Child & adolescent health, 8(5), 320–321. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(24)00082-8

Read the article. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(24)00082-8/abstract

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Global launch of Building strong foundations – 23 May 2024

Global launch of Building strong foundations – 23 May 2024

Hybrid event | 15:00 – 17:00 CEST (Paris time) 

Good quality education starts with healthy, happy and safe learners.  

With many more children in primary school, learning about health and well-being in school is an opportunity to advance our children’s education, health and futures. UNESCO is launching the Building strong foundations initiative, signaling the importance of helping every child build foundations early on, for healthier, safer and more informed transitions into adolescence and adulthood. 

Under the banner of Building strong foundations, UNESCO and UNICEF have co-published four technical briefs that provide evidence-based guidance to help children in primary school thrive through foundational education for health and well-being.  

UNESCO, in partnership with UNICEF, is holding a special hybrid event to mark the global launch. Join us online to learn about how foundational education for health and well-being benefits children and how it can be put into practice in different contexts. Register now here

Speakers will include Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education; Mr. Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Global Director, Education and Adolescent Development; H.E. Douglas Siyakalima, Minister of Education, Zambia and Professor Emeritus Helen Cahill,University of Melbourne, Faculty of Education, along with a panel of experts from around the world.  

Engage with us via #LearnAndThrive and #BuildingStrongFoundations. Tag @UNESCO @Education2030UN and @UNICEFEducation.

The webinar will be conducted in English and French with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese and International Sign Language. Live closed captions will be available in all of these languages.  

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Kick-off webinar European Public Health Week theme  – Health through the life course: Breaking down silos, Thursday 16 May 2024

Kick-off webinar European Public Health Week theme  – Health through the life course: Breaking down silos, Thursday 16 May 2024

Universal access to good and affordable health care is a major aspect that contributes to healthy individuals and societies. In addition, we are exposed to many (amenable) factors that impact our health – positively and negatively – along our life course. From the first crucial two years in healthy development to potential decline in functioning and health at a later age – there are many opportunities to prevent negative health outcomes and encourage positive health.

How can we encourage innovative and sustainable solutions for our health systems? How can politics drive equity in access to care and health promotion that leaves no one behind? How can we channel a ‘continuum lifespan’ approach?

Speakers from the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, EUPHA Health Literacy Section, EUPHA Health Promotion Section and EUPHA Healthy Ageing section will address these questions.

Speakers are:

  • Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA Director
  • Didier Jourdan, Co-Chair holder UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education, University of Clermont-Auvergne, France
  • Catherine Jenkins, Vice President EUPHA Health Literacy Section, London South Bank University, United Kingdon
  • Yongjie Yon, Vice President EUPHA Health Ageing Section, WHO Regional office for Europe
  • Eric Breton, President EUPHA Health Promotion Section, EHESP French School of Public Health, France

The webinar is moderated by Goof Buijs, manager UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education.

The webinar will take place on 16 May 2024 from 10.00 – 11.30 CEST in English.

Register for the webinar today.

More information on the daily page.

Get Involved: Whether you’re an institution, a health professional, or a citizen, submit your event for the European Public Health Week. Choose from the inspiring daily sub-themes and become part of the hundreds of events taking place during the EUPHW 2024. Submissions can be made on the website: https://eupha.org/EUPHW

Daily Sub-Themes for Exploration:

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the life course
  • Access to medicines
  • The first 1000 days
  • Healthy ageing
  • 100 weeks (challenge) to the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs
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Global Community Health Annual Workshop 4th edition – confirmed speakers

Global Community Health Annual Workshop 4th edition – confirmed speakers

The fourth edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place from 4 till 6 June 2024 as an online event.

The main theme of this year’s workshop is ‘How can community health contribute to fighting poverty?’ The workshop will explore the root causes of poverty, and how poverty impacts community health. The value of community-based interventions – as a research method and also as a key health promotion strategy – should be recognised in this work. The workshop will be solution oriented. This year’s focus of capacity-building for the participants will be on ‘advocacy and activism’.

The workshop provides a space where community health and health promotion practitioners and policy makers can improve their skills and where researchers can gain in capacities to conduct community-based participatory research.

Speakers

We are honoured to have excellent contributors from all over the world. A preview of the contributors:

  • Joyce Brown – Associate Professor Global Health / Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh – Professor, CEO of Lakeside Medical Center for Health Promotion, Director of Lakeside Education Trust and HP foundation, Bangalore, India, President of the Alliance for Health Promotion, Switzerland
  • Iffat Elbarazi – Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates 
  • Ange-Marie Nicodème Esse – Community Health Advocate, Co-Founder Health Access Initiative, Benin
  • Alice Lakati – Director of Research and Community Extension, Amref International University, Kenia
  • Alay Llamas – Project manager and teaching fellow for global health education and capacity-building activities, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Patricia Loayza Millan – Adviser on social development, La Paz, Bolivia
  • François Ndikumwenayo – Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Burundi University, Founder and Chairperson of Burundi NCD Alliance, Burundi
  • Alexis Nizigiyimana – Project manager at Burundi NCD Alliance, Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Village of Life, Burundi
  • Jennie Popay – Professor of Sociology and Public Health in the Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, UK
  • Amets Suess Schwend – Andalusian School of Public Health,  Area of International Health, University of Granada, Spain

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 consecutive days. To accommodate participants from all different time zones around the world, the workshop will be offered twice a day.

  • Block 1 will run from 10.00 – 13.30 Paris; 16.00 – 19.30 Beijing; 18.00 – 21.30 Melbourne.
  • Block 2 will run from 16.00 – 19.30 Paris; 7.00 – 10.30 Los Angeles; 11.00 – 14.30 Buenos Aires

It uses an interactive format ensuring active participation through a series of online lectures, combined with community heath hubs.

These community health hubs (smaller working groups) acknowledge our diversity and cultural dimensions and are offered in different languages including English, French, Spanish and other languages depending on the availability of facilitators. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences and build their regional and global networks.

The online lectures are held in the English language. We do not want language to be a barrier for participation. Therefore we are trying to organise simultaneous translation.

Registration

This interactive workshop will take place online and is free of charge. Practitioners, students, policy makers and researcher from different backgrounds from all over the world are welcome to join. You can register by completing the online registration form. Registration will close on Tuesday 28 May 2024, 16.00 CEST.

Organisers are the UNESCO Chair Global Health & EducationEHESP School of Public HealthInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Sante (RÉFIPS)University of Clermont Auvergne and University of Huddersfield.

For more information about the workshop, please visit the dedicated webpage.

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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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