Improved Learning through better Health, Nutrition and Education for the School-Age Child.
Boy learning in classroom.
School Health and Nutrition (SHN) programmes contribute to health outcomes and are a cost effective intervention for school access and completion.
The Impact of Education
Education is fundamental to sustainable development, it is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health; it enables people to be more productive, to earn a better living and enjoy a better quality of life, while also contributing to a country’s overall economic growth. Education is critical for breaking the poverty cycle and its importance is reflected in the commitments of the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and
Education for All (EFA).
The Links Between Health and Education
The links between health and education are reciprocal; not only is good health important for children to make the most of their educational opportunities, but the educational setting (both formal and informal) can be important in promoting good health. Compelling evidence indicates that good health and nutrition are prerequisites for effective learning.
SHN interventions have been shown to improve children’s health and nutrition as well as their learning potential and future life choices. Health promotion can happen directly through teaching health and nutrition knowledge and practices, as well as indirectly with education itself acting as a “social vaccine” as in the case of
HIV prevention for example.
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