UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Schools4Health – Innovating health and education “Because children and youth who feel better, do better.”

Join the Schools4Health seminar “Innovating health and education: Because children and youth who feel better, do better” on 31 January 2024. The seminar will be organised under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of European Union, and will take place in Brussels.


Schools play an important role in shaping children and youth’s academic, physical, mental, and social development, with lasting impacts across their life course. Investments in state-of-the-art Health Promoting School approaches are a key entry point to cultivating healthier educational and social environments. The WHO defines a health promoting school as one which “is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working”. Such approaches not only enable students to develop good habits around nutrition, physical activity, and mental health, but are also part of the solution to interrelated societal challenges such as social inequity and climate change.

This is the ethos of the Schools4Health initiative (2023-2025), led by EuroHealthNet and funded under the EU4Health programme. Against this background, the seminar will explore how different stakeholders in policy and practice, across levels of governance and sectors, can work better together to optimise the contribution that schools can make to the health and wellbeing of students, the school community as well as the wider communities that they are in. The UNESCO Chair is one of the partners in this project. 

The purpose of the seminar is to:

  • Gather experts, policy makers and other key stakeholders to convey the critical need to invest in health promoting school approaches and create enabling policy conditions for health promoting schools;
  • Spotlight country-level policies on health promotion in schools, presenting key policy insights from Schools4Health partners in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia and Spain;
  • Make links to the broader EU policy context and identify key tools which can be applied to mobilise health promoting approaches in and around schools;
  • Explore the state of the art in multistakeholder involvement and identify opportunities for collaboration to create healthier schools.

Seminar programme and registration

More information about the School4Health project.

More information about the seminar programme and registration.