Health Promotion Forum


The triple dividend: Promoting learner's health and well-being in and through education 

Moderator: Anshu Banerjee, Director Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health & Ageing, WHO


  • Mr Chris Castle, Chief, Section of Health and Education, Education Sector, UNESCO
  • Ms Kamani Gunaratne, Director, School Health and Nutrition Department, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka
  • Prof Dr Elena Kjosevska, Head of Department for Health Promotion and Monitoring of Diseases, Institute of Public Health of the Republic of North Macedonia
  • Mr Vinicius Gaby, student, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dr Susan Sawyer, Director, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital; President of International Association for Adolescent Health

Organised by UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO

A strong body of global evidence shows that education and health outcomes are interdependent. Schools have a critical role in protecting and promoting the well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents, their families and their communities. A school that is not health-promoting is no longer acceptable, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges that threaten the well-being of learners and their communities. Countries should and can effectively implement, scale-up and sustain their efforts to make every school a health-promoting school. Co-organized by UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, this session will debate on effective approaches to promote health, nutrition and well-being in and through education. Education policymakers, youth representatives and researchers from around the world will share concrete examples and innovative strategies to improve education, health, and well-being outcomes through a whole-education approach to health promotion and will review best practices and lessons learned.