SIU - UNESCO CHAIR
The goals of UNESCO chair on school health education include creation of platform
for research innovation and sharing of knowledge; uniting efforts of different
governmental and non-governmental organization, universities, and institutions;
funding and mobilizing resources; building capacities; and conducting and funding
researches in the field of school health. SIU formed many partnerships on both
national and regional levels.
Context and justification:
The school population in Sudan consists of about 7.9 million children of the age group
6-18 according to Sudan educational statistics 2014-2015. The goal of the school
health program is to ensure that these children are healthy, capable of promoting
their own health, the health of the family and the community and are able to
optimally benefit from the educational opportunities provided. This includes
opportunities provided to obtain correct information and develop life skills to prevent
reproductive health problems, nutritional problems, substance abuse, stress,
violence and communicable as well as non-communicable diseases which are the
common problems among these children.
Since the Health of the school child is a shared responsibility of the Ministries of
Health and Education, a close collaboration is maintained between the sectors.