Nearly every country around the world is investing in their school-age children and adolescents through school health and nutrition. Good health and nutrition during school years are a prerequisite for children and adolescents to learn and grow, and a crucial investment for more prosperous and inclusive futures.
A joint report, Ready to Learn and Thrive: School Health and Nutrition around the World, developed by UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, GPE and WHO, with support from the Research Consortium for School health and Nutrition, UN-Nutrition Secretariat and World Bank, consolidates multiple data sources and case studies to inform advocacy and quality programmes. It encourages efforts to improve, scale up, sustain and monitor progress to address learners’ needs holistically.
The event will highlight the transformative impact of school health and nutrition for learners. Presentations will showcase country good practices and the importance of diverse stakeholders in efforts to ensure that all children and adolescents can learn and thrive.
- Christopher Castle, Director of the Division of Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
- Dr. Yinghua Ma, Professor, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, Peking University, China
- Dr. Adesola Olumide, Researcher and Consultant Community Physician at the Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Nigeria. International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH) Vice President (2022-2025) – Sub-Sahara Africa Region
- Prof. Donald Bundy, Director of the Research Consortium for School Health and Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
The webinar is moderated by Nicola Gray, Co-chair holder UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, UK.
During the webinar the experts will explore the following questions:
- What is the status of school health and nutrition policies and programmes around the world, and what are the main take aways from your research?
- China has extensive experience with school health and nutrition. How are the health and education sectors working together in China to implement an integrated approach to school health at scale and monitor progress?
- What is your experience with the implementation of school health and nutrition in schools in Nigeria?
- How can the research community help fill evidence gaps and advance more effective approaches to school health and nutrition?
The webinar will take place on 25 April 2023 from 14.00 – 15.30 CEST.