Health, literacy and education in Persian speaking countries: achievements, challenges and the link

Do we really acknowledge the health-education co-evolution in health promotion research, policy and practice?

Global Health & Education webinar series

3 December 2020, 8.30-10.00 CET, 11.00-12.30 Iran, 12.00-13.30 AFT, 12.30-14.00 TJT


  • Prof. Alireza Zali, Vice-chancellor of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • Dr. Mojtaba Zeinivand, Vice Minister of Education, Iran
  • Prof. Didier Jourdan, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, France


Assoc. Prof. Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi, School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Co-chair of the Scientific and Ethical committee, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education

Mr. Abdul Jalal, M.A International Public Policy, M.A International Relations, External-Policy and Partnership Consultant, Aga Khan Cultural Services-Afghanistan

Dr. Nazira Sodatsayrova, Secondary School Teacher Educator, Tajikistan


Zoom link. The webinar will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. No registration is required to participate in the webinar. 500 places will be available. This webinar will also be broadcast live on our YouTube channel

The Journal Health Education is the official journal of our webinar series and aims to support the UNESCO Chair’s mission of sharing knowledge to support the global community.


The webinar will present a brief explanation of the importance of knowledge exchange and production within networks of different languages for the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education. As well as the value of exchange of knowledge and experience among neighboring countries. Furthermore, the speakers will share with the audience the current state of health and education in the 3 Persian speaking countries (Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan), the challenges and achievements and their perspectives about the way forward to achieve the joint goals of “health for all” and “education for all” through the “education for health and health for education” strategy.

The following three questions will be addressed:

  1. What is the current status of health and education in the 3 countries?
  2. What is the local evidence for the link between health and education?
  3. What are the challenges in acknowledging the health-education co-evolution in health promotion research, policy and practice?