Second Meeting of the Regional Working Group on Health Literacy
The UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean will host the meeting of the Regional Working Group in Quito on 5-6 November. The second meeting will review its goals within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim of developing new strategies to strengthen communication and collaboration between the health and educational Sectors in health promotion and education, with a specific focus on the school health.
The event will be held at Hotel Quito, in Quito, Ecuador. The participants will review the theoretical frameworks of health promotion, school health, health literacy and salutogenesis. The meeting will consider the contribution of both, focusing on strategies to strengthen the skills and knowledge required to maintain well being. Synergies, differences, opportunities and challenges will be explored from a multi-sectorial approach.
During the meeting, participants will review progress and challenges identified through a series of research activities in various countries in the region. Specific recommendations for public policies in health and education, research activities and international cooperation will be drafted; stronger networks and links among the multidisciplinary professionals working on related issues is also a priority.
For UNESCO the collaboration between the education and health sectors is essential. As such, the generation of suitable policies and practices in the educational sector that create safe learning contexts and promotes education based on skills for actual life through modern and interactive pedagogical methods. Recent efforts include the development of technical guidance for sexuality education, support for education sector responses to homophobic bullying, and the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation capacities in education systems, and follow up systems of health programs in national schools.