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244 million children won’t start the new school year (UNESCO press release)

244 million children won’t start the new school year (UNESCO press release)

9 September 2022 – New UNESCO data shows that 244 million children and youth between 6 and 18 years old worldwide are still out of school. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, calls for collective mobilization to ensure that the right of every child to access quality education is respected.

The new estimates, published online, show that sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most children and youth out of school, with a total of 98 million children. It is also the only region where this number is increasing. The region with the second highest out-of-school population is Central and Southern Asia, with 85 million. The data per country is available in interactive visualizations on the VIEW website. The objective of quality education for all by 2030, set by the United Nations, risks not being achieved.

The new UNESCO estimates confirm that the difference in the rate of girls and boys out of school has closed worldwide.

Today, September 19, the Transforming Education Summit will be held convened by the UN Secretary General, which will bring together Heads of State and Governments.

Read the UNESCO press release.

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22nd IAAH European Regional Conference – Youth Development Challenges in the post-COVID-19 era

22nd IAAH European Regional Conference – Youth Development Challenges in the post-COVID-19 era

On October 5th-7th, 2022 the 22nd International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) European Regional Conference will be held in Athens, Greece. It is locally organized by the Greek/Hellenic Society for Adolescent Medicine (GSAM) and mainly focuses on youth development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The final programme is now available.

Theme

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth physical and mental health, education, development and overall well-being may raise dilemmas in the management and the control of immediate or long-term consequences. Action through multidisciplinary approaches is required and knowledge of physical and psychosocial aspects, as well as possible aetiological factors, burden of co-morbidities, prevention and treatment options, as well as counselling and support strategies are prerequisites for every effort of controlling the situation and will constitute the main core of the scientific programme. Formal and non-formal education, youth-friendly services and safe digital spaces that help young people make healthier choices and develop healthy relationships, are also a topic of great interest in this conference.

An update on other important Adolescent Medicine topics, such as nutrition, vaccination, skin conditions, contraception, sports medicine, etc. will be presented.

Participants

Medical doctors of different specialties, other health professionals and specialists e.g., psychologists, social workers, educators, dieticians, physical fitness experts, etc. are welcome to participate and contribute to the works of the IAAH conference by exchanging experience and expertise, as well as difficulties encountered in different countries.

Format

Interactive workshops, symposia, round tables will take place and experts will present key topics in plenary sessions. Oral and poster presentations will highlight novel research ideas.

Youth participation during the conference will enrich discussions and debates.

Registration and conference website

More information about registration.

Go to the conference website.

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Event: Healthy & Educated – Investing in School Health and Nutrition (SHN) to Transform Education and the Lives of Children and Young People

Event: Healthy & Educated – Investing in School Health and Nutrition (SHN) to Transform Education and the Lives of Children and Young People

Every child has the right to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential – but they can only realize this right if their schools provide them with a learning environment that promotes their education, health, nutrition, and wellbeing.

The Government of Morocco in partnership with UNICEF, WFP, UNESCO, WHO, and FAO invites valued education partners to join heads of state and agency leaders to ‘Healthy & Educated’, an event on investing in school health and nutrition to transform education and the lives of children and young people.

On the occasion of the Transforming Education Summit’s ‘Solutions Day’, the event will engage with UN agency leadership, heads of state, and youth advocates to explore programmes, policies, and actions that have been undertaken to improve the health, nutrition, and wellbeing of school-age children.

Registration is now open and will close on September 15, 5:00 PM (EST). Please note in-person attendance is by invitation only.

‘Healthy & Educated: Investing in school health and nutrition to transform education and the lives of children and young people’

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST, 17.00 – 18.30 CET

Livestream: https://unicef.zoom.us/j/98095116955

More information: https://www.eventcreate.com/e/unicef-tes-shn

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Article: We underestimate the impact of climate change on education

Article: We underestimate the impact of climate change on education

In the article “We underestimate the impact of climate change on education” Irene Torres and Carole Faucher describe the impact of climate change on education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Climate change is causing more frequent and more severe weather events. With hurricanes damaging and destroying school infrastructure, equipment and teaching materials, and ensuing flooding and mudslides impeding access to schools by teachers and students. In the aftermath, schools are often used as shelters, bringing lessons to a further halt.

Slow climate change related events such as an increase in surface and ocean temperatures, and in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves and drought, are also expected to continue unfolding in Latin America and the Caribbean. Effecting children’s ability to concentrate in class and their general wellbeing. 

The authors urge the governments and key actors to recognise the impact of climate change on education and to protect the right of students to physically remain in school.

Read the whole article

Torres, I. & Faucher, C. (2022, August 8). “We underestimate the impact of climate change on education”. Latinoamerica21. https://latinoamerica21.com/en/we-underestimate-the-impact-of-climate-change-on-education/

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Lifelong learning for health webinar 2/3 – Spaces, institutions and actors: Towards a health learning pathway for all – 7 September 2022

Lifelong learning for health webinar 2/3 – Spaces, institutions and actors: Towards a health learning pathway for all – 7 September 2022

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education (GHE) will co-host this webinar as part of a series aimed at developing a roadmap for the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities, adopted at the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5) in October 2021. The webinar will take place on 7 September 2022, from 13.00 – 14.30 CEST.

This is the second webinar in a three-part webinar series entitled ‘Lifelong learning for health: Enacting the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities’. This second webinar will look at ways of conducting a lifelong learning for health (LLLH) inventory of resources before developing a city-based action plan that integrates formal, non-formal and informal learning spaces – including institutions – to actualize a multisectoral approach to LLLH.  

The webinar will examine ways to enhance the quality of intersectoral collaboration by, for example, overcoming communication hurdles between sectors. Other points to be addressed include the sustainable expansion of a ‘health learning pathway’ and its importance for community resilience.  

More specifically, the following thematic focuses will be on the agenda: 

  • Thematic Focus 1: Assessing existing LLLH inventory and resources as a first step towards developing an LLLH action plan; 
  • Thematic Focus 2: Developing an action plan for a health learning pathway for all that considers the roles of all stakeholders and integrates formal, non-formal and informal learning spaces across diverse settings and institutions; 
  • Thematic Focus 3: Promoting LLLH as a means to sustainably build community resilience in cities. 

The webinar will be held in English, French, and Spanish.

For more information and registration.

About the webinar series 

This three-part webinar series will result in a final co-created roadmap for the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning CitiesUNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members will work towards the development of LLLH policies, inventories of initiatives and step-by-step action plans to build a health learning pathway for all. For cities and partners beyond the UNESCO GNLC, the webinars are an opportunity to join a rich exchange on LLLH policy development and initiatives and explore the diverse learning city development processes of UNESCO GNLC members. This could serve as a starting point for further involvement and, in some cases, future membership in the network. 

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Short video: Nutri-Score a public health tool based on science

Short video: Nutri-Score a public health tool based on science

This video explains in 2.45 minutes why and how NutriScore is a true public health tool based on science. The video was made by EREN (l’Equipe de Recherche en Epidémiologie Nutritionelle) of Sorbonne Paris Nord University.

In the current context of the European debate about the implementation of a unique and mandatory front-of-pack nutrition label for all European countries. It is important to highlight the fact that behind Nutri-Score there is a solid scientific basis and that science must be at the heart of the debate to select a nutritional label really useful for consumers.

Nutri-Score has been the subject of numerous scientific studies published in international peer-reviewed journals (more than sixty carried out in about thirty countries) which validated the algorithm underlying the calculation of Nutri-Score and demonstrate the effectiveness of Nutri-Score and its superiority to other existing labels or those pushed by pressure groups, both in terms of perception, objective understanding, use by consumers, impact on food choices and on the nutritional quality of shopping carts….

The video explains why and how NutriScore is a scientifically validated public health tool:

French video
Version with English subtitles
Version with Spanish subtitles
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Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd Edition – Resources and recordings available

Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd Edition – Resources and recordings available

Over 300 participants registered for the 2nd edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop which took place on 28, 29 and 30 June 2022. This year’s theme was ‘How to build resilient communities for times of crises’.

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. Organisers are the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, EHESP School of Public Health and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

Were you not able to join us? Do you want to listen to the presentations again? You can check out the recordings and resources of the workshop on the dedicated page.

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Pre-Summit Ministerial Segment II – Action Track #1: Inclusive; equitable, healthy and safe schools

Pre-Summit Ministerial Segment II – Action Track #1: Inclusive; equitable, healthy and safe schools

30 June 2022 10:10 am –11:25 am ( CET – Paris time) 

This session, part of the United Nations Transforming Education Pre-Summit, will discuss the key elements of transformation needed to ensure inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools. Through a dynamic intergenerational dialogue between young people and decision-makers, you can hear more about transformation in action and strategic initiatives to deliver transformative education at scale, and reach the most marginalized.

Inclusive transformative education ensures that all learners have unhindered access to quality education, that they are safe and healthy, free from violence and discrimination, and are supported with comprehensive care services within school settings. Transformation is essential to unlock the potential of learners in all their diversity; end harmful gender norms, attitudes and practices; and transform institutions to achieve just, equal, accepting, inclusive, healthy and peaceful societies.

#TransformingEducation / @transformedu

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University of Huddersfield and the University of Clermont Auvergne – reflections of effective intersectoral working

University of Huddersfield and the University of Clermont Auvergne – reflections of effective intersectoral working

The first term of the UNESCO Chair ‘Global Health and Education’, based in the Faculty of Education with title holder Professor Didier Jourdan at the University of Clermont Auvergne (France), has been notable for its strong collaboration with the Faculties of Dentistry and Pharmacy, embodying the intersectoral working upon which the Chair is founded.

It provides an interesting and appropriate symmetry, therefore, that the second term of the Chair may find a mirror at the University of Huddersfield (UK) where the co-Chairholder, Dr Nicola Gray, is based in the Faculty of Pharmacy. The recent visit by Prof Jourdan to Huddersfield included meetings with colleagues in the Faculties of Human and Health Sciences, and of Education and Professional Development.   

The University of Huddersfield and the Chair both agree that intersectoral work is essential, and we see that professionals from the different faculties will bring different strengths to the work of the Chair.


Nicola Gray (left) and Didier Jourdan (centre) meeting with (L-R) Jim Reid, Paul Thomas and Jayne Price from the Faculty of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield in March 2022 (Jo Addie – Templewood Photography)

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Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd edition

Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd edition

Registration for the second edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will close on Monday 27 June at 12.00 CEST.

The second edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June 2022 as an online event. The main theme of this year’s workshop is ‘How to build resilient communities for times of crises’. The theme will be explored through different sub-themes, such as emergency health and social protection, offering a broad perspective on the diversity of practices of community health worldwide. 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.

Programme

Day 1 of the workshop, 28 June 2022, will focus on “Resilience: giving voice to the voiceless” with the following speakers:

  • Sione Tu’itahi, Global President of the IUHPE, Executive director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Otago University, New Zealand
  • Eric Breton, Professor of health promotion at the EHESP School of Public Health, Rennes, France
  • Satarupa Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, Ramapo College of New Jersey, United States

Day 2 of the workshop, 29 June 2022, will focus on “Building resilience within health systems” with the following speakers:

  • Nancy Muturi, Professor in public relations, health communication, Kansas State University, United States
  • Saloua Abouchadi, Public health medical doctor and lecturer researcher at the National School of Public Health, Morocco
  • Katie Powell, Research Fellow, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Amy Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Public Health – Policy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Catherine Duggan, Chief Executive Officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation

Day 3 of the workshop, 30 June 2022, will focus on “Emergency Health” with the following speakers:

  • Maya Schaerer, Grant management officer, Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Wbeimar SánchezSenior officer Epidemic Preparedness and Readiness, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jean-Louis Lamboray, Co-founder of The Constellation
  • Luc Barriere-Constantin, Voting Member and Chairperson of The Constellation
  • Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, Chief Executive at Voluntary Health Association of India

Go to the dedicated webpage to see the full programme of the Community Health Workshop.

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 consecutive days from 11.30 CEST till 15.00 CEST. 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 Arabic, English, French and Spanish. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences, build their regional and global networks and work with other group members on their assignment. The online lectures are held in the English language.

Registration

Registration will close on Monday 27 June at 12.00 CEST.

This year’s workshop is free of charge. Practitioners, students, policy makers and researchers from all over the world are welcome to join. You can register by completing the online registration formParticipants submitting the assignment on a community health topic will have their efforts credited by a certificate of attendance delivered by the UNESCO Chair.

The second edition of the Global Community health Annual Workshop is organised by the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education, EHESP School of Public Health and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education IUHPE.

For more information see the dedicated webpage.

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