30 September 2021 – Strategies for school health promotion during COVID-19

30 September 2021 – Strategies for school health promotion during COVID-19

SHE and UNESCO Chair Webinar Series

30 September 2021 14.00 – 15.00 CEST

Speakers

Nicola Gray, Affiliated researcher, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education; Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, UK

Veronica Velasco, Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Moderator

Goof Buijs, manager UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education

English

Zoom link. The webinar will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. This webinar will also be broadcasted live on our YouTube channel.

Participation is for free, no registration is required to participate. 500 places will be available.



Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted schools all over the world. Schools in many countries closed in haste and had to create virtual learning opportunities for their students. The reopening of schools is taking place in various speeds and with different guidance at national and/or local level.

The UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education gathered the experiences and opinions of education and health professionals about  reopening schools safely and/or to keeping them open. The survey explored the public health measures that have been put in place in schools; communication of guidance at national and/or local level, and the facilitators or barriers to safe reopening. Nicola Gray will provide a preview of the results of this survey on the safe reopening of schools during COVID-19. 

The WHO-Europe Technical Advisory Group for schooling during COVID-19 recommends that ‘the principles of health-promoting schools (HPS) are even more important in a pandemic’. This statement highlights the link between health and education and the importance of implementing the HPS approach during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, moving from recognition of HPS values to putting these into practice is challenging. Veronica Velasco wrote a new document on School Health Promotion during COVID-19 for the Schools for Health in Europe network (SHE). The relevance of the HPS approach during the COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed and some implementation strategies based on the HPS approach will be presented.

During this webinar the experts will explore the following questions:

  1. What are the experiences of education and health professionals around the world concerning the safe reopening of schools?
  2. Why is the HPS approach  relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic and how can HPS be implemented?
  3. What can we learn to better prepare schools for future epidemics and disasters?