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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.
The ISHN was formed initially by individuals and organizations that have worked with the health sector and schools in promoting the health of students, parents, staff and communities. Consequently, our primary goal is to encourage the use of multi-component approaches and multi-intervention programs that include school-based and school-linked policies, programs, services and practices that promote health. However, health is only one form of human development and only one part of the social role of the school. Consequently, the ISHN has a second goal to promote other forms of human development that are delivered by other sectors within schools and education systems.
ISHN members and its partners recognize that there are many things that are common to several holistic approaches to school-based health promotion, safety, social development, equity and learning. We have identified ten important lessons or things that are common to the many models and paradigms in the ISHN Synthesis Statement on Human Development and the Social Role of the School .
Please note that this is not an attempt to develop an over-arching model. Any such attempt would not truly respect the unique perspectives and specific content that these sectors bring to their work with schools. It simply articulates the similarities among the lessons learned through research and practice based on a review of over 100 research and published documents. There are over 25 published models and approaches to school-based and school-linked human development and each of them offers specific value, strengths and experience related to various issues, policies or programs.
This web site provides information on ISHN as an organization. Here you can find information on our activities and social media, governance, how to become a member/subscriber to access the private section of this web site for selected benefits such as the School Health Insider, a news/research/resources information service that lists the school-related articles published each month from over 400 peer-reviewed journals as well as over 100 social media outlets used by international organizations and over 150 news media outlets. The SH Insider also maintains updated pages on the school-related reports, web sites and contacts in all 200 countries and their respective states/provinces as well as direct links to the relevant pages on the web sites of international and regional agencies, organizations and professions. Membership/subscriber benefits also include reduced fees for international conferences and workshops as well as a variety of conferences and workshops. (Go to our membership sign-up page for more information.) If you would like to receive our free newsletter, ISHN Update, complete the form found below on this page.
ISHN also maintains an extensive collection of research, reports, and planning/educational resources in a collaborative web site at www.schools-for-all.org. That Wikipedia style, shared workspace is the home of the World Encyclopedia on School Health, Safety, Social Development, Equity and Sustainable Development that is operated by a number of organizations and editors who lead and facilitate an number of international discussion groups on a variety of topics.
The encyclopedia includes an interactive, web-based knowledge exchange program that includes webinars and web meetings, wiki-based glossary and encyclopedia, e-handbooks as well as a series of workshops linked to major international conferences. This knowledge exchange program includes an innovative program collaboratively using Twitter and web-based collections or research and resources that can be embedded within other web sites.
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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. The sub-plenary session at the IUHPE conference is being organized by the members of the IUHPE Working Group on settings includes a discussion paper, pre-session webinars and other activities.
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.
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 workforc 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 are pleased to launch this global Delphi-based and online consultation that 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 continues. See the Asia, North America , European and Global symposium programs, join the IntEd International Discussion Group and sign on to the Consensus Statement