The UNESCO Chair Health & Education has five core activities:
- Global mapping of the key research players (institutional and individual) in the field of health promotion targeting children and young people;
- Collaboration and innovation to build a new research framework in the field (epistemological and ethical) for high-quality research in health and education;
- Translate research knowledge into contextually sensitive interventions for schools and communities;
- Support and resource practitioners/educators through the creation of multilingual free online open courses (MOOC) for professionals;
- Produce and disseminate a series of fact sheets with easy access to up-to-date research.
The following section describes the rationale and the expected deliverables for the proposed activities of the UNESCO Chair.
Activity 1: Global Mapping of key players (institutional and individual) in the field of health promotion targeting children and young people
The aim of the activity is to map the teams and research groups (human sciences and health sciences) involved in the field of children and young people’s health in the school setting and the community and to create a community among these research entities.
- A map of the groups producing research in this field (list, contacts, structure, projects, publications)
- A living community of research groups (public and private) on the professional social networks.
Activity 2: Collaboration and innovation to build a new research framework in the field (epistemological and ethical) for high-quality research in health and education
Because of the intersectoral perspective and the focus on school setting and community-based approaches, the design of research protocols is complex from both an epistemological as from an ethical point of view. The aim of this activity is to develop a framework for research based on a dialogue that takes into account the different contexts and relationships to knowledge and evidence in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Americas and Europe.
- Guidelines for high quality research in health and education.
Activity 3: Translate research knowledge into contextually sensitive interventions for schools and communities
This activity corresponds to the development of a local and digital intervention-research programme in various cultural contexts. The intervention-research is shaped in reference to the highest standards. It is focused on the life ecosystem of the children and young people and based on a local-digital sustainable approach.
- A research protocol
- First results, published in a peer-reviewed journal and journals.
Activity 4: Support and resource practitioners/educators through the creation of multilingual free online open courses (MOOC) for professionals
This activity consists of the production and uploading of a multilingual free online open course (MOOC) for education, social and health professionals on health promotion for children at local, regional and national level (school and community) linking existing academic programmes of the universities as well as their respective continuous professional development programmes.
- MOOCs in its different versions.
Activity 5: Produce and disseminate a series of fact sheets with easy access to up-to-date research
This activity consists of the publication of multilingual fact sheets on the scientific data available and the most relevant practices in various national, social and cultural contexts (local intersectoral policies focused on children and young people’s health, prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), sexuality education and promoting mental health and wellbeing, school and health inequalities reduction, water and sanitary hygiene (WASH)).
- Fact sheets targeting policymakers and practitioner.