UNESCO Director-General joins partners in Davos to launch school health and nutrition initiativeListen /
In a bid to improve access to health care, nutrition and education for the world's most underserved children, UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is joining forces with the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the private sector to launch a three-year partnership, "Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds," at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday.
The partnership comes in direct support to the UN Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative aimed at galvanizing renewed international action to meet the education goals. It seeks to improve child well-being through school health and nutrition programmes, to expand access to early childhood care and education programmes, to increase girls' enrolment, to support adolescent girls, and to build school environments that are conducive to learning. Collaboration is expected to begin in Haiti, Mozambique, Niger and Pakistan.
Director-General Irina Bokova was expected to emphasize that education, health and well-being are the foundations for building resilience – the core theme of this year's World Economic Forum that is gathering over 2,500 participants, including some 50 Heads of State and Government.
In calling for a 'big push' from governments, civil society and the private sector to meet commitments made in 2000, Ms. Bokova will underline that "access, quality and equity have to be put on the same line for a breakthrough to happen," highlighting the need to build synergies between education and health.
Donn Bobb, United Nations