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Sharing information, knowledge and experience
Welcome to the web site of the International School Health Network (ISHN). The ISHN is an informal network of practitioners, researchers and government officials as well as regional and other networks, international agencies and organizations concerned with health, safety, development, equity, social development, sustainability and other forms of human development. The network is recognized as a partner by several UN agencies and is being developed in cooperation with several international organizations, professions and networks.
Global Discussion on Inclusion
We are pleased to be part of a global discussion on inclusion policies and practices on inclusion. ISHN organized a FRESH Webinar on the 2020 Global Education Monitoring report which had several leading organizations on inclusion commenting on the UNESCO report. These organizations have agreed to undertake several activities that will help countries improve their inclusive education efforts. Go to FRESH this web page for the latest updates.
The collective voice of Deans of Education will soon be more active at the global level with the formation of the Global Network of Deans of Education(GNDE). ISHN has been facilitating the development of this network that will be led by regional and national deans associations but open to over 5000 institutions. ISHN will be working with GNDE on a Consortium of Education & Other Faculties promoting HPSD education.
Schools, Settings & Systems is the theme of a plenary session at a world conference workshop being organized by ISHN and partners in April, 2019 in Rotura, New Zealand.
Preventing Violent Extremism is the goal of a project grant recently secured by ISHN and Daniel Laitsch of the Education Faculty at Simon Fraser university. The project will develop a research/ knowledge development agenda for Canada and other countries to use in preventing extremism and promoting social inclusion. The project was launched at a recent session in Cape Town, South Africa at the world congress of the World Education Research Association.
The Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN has contracted with ISHN to prepare a policy brief in the integration of school food & nutrition programs within education systems. The brief will suggest a systems-based strategy that is based on reciprocal benefits rather then the one way benefits (health only) often suggested in some interpretations of the WHO Health in All Policies approach.
2030 UN Goals - HPSD Education
ISHN is helping to create an international discussion on Health, Personal, Social Development (HPSD) education and the education/development of teachers and others to deliver classroom instruction and other forms of extended educational opportunities. This includes the FRESH Working Group on Health Literacy, Life Skills & Social Inclusion, an International Research Network in cooperation with the World Education Research Association and helping to create a Global Network of Deans of Education (GNDE) to work on workforce development issues.
ISHN-Plan International (UK) Work on NCD's in Low Resource Countries
A series of policy/program summaries and several webinars will be the products of a partnership between ISJN and Plan International. The five topics relating to NCD's in low resource settings include substance abuse, physical activity, mental health, diet and promoting overall educational success, health and development. These summaries are being used to update the Thematic/Topic indicators published by the FRESH Partnership.
ISHN joined partners in organizing several SH sessions at IAAH Conference in Delhi, India in 26-29 October 2017. Get the details here. The activities included a workshop launching a global discussion of the draft Statement on School Health Promotion in the 21st Century.
Global Delphi Consultation : What We Know & Need to Know in School Health & Development
ISHN and its partners will be re-launching this global Delphi-based and online consultation in 2021. This consultation will collate, summarize, discuss and finalize an extensive list of statements describing the current research, data and experience-based knowledge and research issues on school health & development. Over 150 practitioners, experts and officials will be involved directly in the Delphi process. An online consultation, web meetings, a book and workshops at a global conference are included.
The ASCD-EI-ISHN Global Dialogue on Integration of Health & Social Programs within Education Systems included regional workshops, consensus statement and an e-book (in progress) See and sign on to the Consensus Statement