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  1. Water, sanitation and hygiene standards for schools in low-cost settings

    Adequate provision of water supply, sanitation, hygiene and waste management in schools has a number of positive effects and contributes to a reduced burden of disease among children, staff and their families. Such interventions also provide opportunities for greater gender equity in access to education, and create educational opportunities to promote safe environments at home and in communities. This document provides guidance on water, sanitation and hygiene required in schools. …

  2. School nutrition and meals strategy for Kenya

    The School Nutrition and Meals Strategy was developed to guide the implementation of Kenya’s School Meals initiatives at all levels, abiding by the broad national goals as stipulated in the country’s Vision 2030 and in alignment with the Kenya Constitution (2010).

  3. Schools for Health in Ireland: co-ordinator’s handbook for developing a health promoting school. Post-primary

    This co-ordinator’s handbook has been developed to assist schools with the implementation of the framework for developing a health promoting school at post-primary level.

  4. Schools for Health in Ireland: framework for developing a health promoting school. Post- primary

    This publication offers a framework to schools against which they can look at their school, assess health needs and begin a process of working towards better health for all members of the school community. The framework outlines the Health Promoting School (HPS) concept including its aims, core values and criteria. It briefly outlines the process of work involved in becoming a Health Promoting School. The framework is written for all members of the school community – students, staff and visitors. …

  5. Schools for Health in Ireland: framework for developing a health promoting school. Primary

    This framework has been developed by an inter-departmental group to support and guide those interested and involved in what can be done to promote health in primary schools. It provides a brief outline of the ideas behind the Health Promoting School (HPS). In addition, it explains how and why the promotion of health and well-being in schools is important. Health promotion in schools can be defined as any activity undertaken to improve and/or protect the health of all school users. It is, therefore, a broader concept than health education. …

  6. Best practices for youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in schools

    This document provides recommendations for school nurses and health center staff on nine essential components of youth-friendly services – confidentiality, respectful treatment, integrated services, culturally appropriate care, easy access to care, free or low cost services, reproductive and sexual health care, services for young men, and promoting parent-child communication.

  7. The World Health Organization’s Health Promoting Schools framework: a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis

    Background: Healthy children achieve better educational outcomes which, in turn, are associated with improved health later in life. The World Health Organization’s Health Promoting Schools (HPS) framework is a holistic approach to promoting health and educational attainment in school. The effectiveness of this approach has not yet been rigorously reviewed. Methods: We searched 20 health, education and social science databases, and trials registries and relevant websites in 2011 and 2013. We included cluster randomised controlled trials. …

  8. Monitoring and evaluation of school-based health and nutrition programmes: A participative review

    Over the past two decades, many governments and organizations have renewed efforts to develop more effective school-based health and nutrition programmes in low income countries. In large part, this has resulted from the growing body of evidence linking children’s health and education; and the impact of school health and nutrition (SHN) programmes on improving these outcomes and contributing to Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). …

  9. Condom access in South African schools: law, policy, and practice

    South Africa’s recently adopted Children’s Act provides children the right to access reproductive health services as a way of addressing the HIV pandemic, but there remains confusion about how socially divisive rights provided for by the Act, such as condom access for youth, will be achieved. The Children’s Act, together with South African government policies, allows individual schools to decide whether to distribute condoms, but most school staff are unaware of South African policy and regulations governing condom provision in schools. …

  10. The scourge of abuse amongst school going children in Swaziland

    The scourge of abuse is at the moment a major challenge to the country's schools and communities at large. This study highlights findings on children vulnerable to abuse, those that are exposed to abuse and the circumstances surrounding such situations. Findings of the study revealed that there is indeed a high level of abuse (+ 60%) among school going children in the country, Evidence of this came from responses given by the students, teachers and community members who participated in the study. Sexual abuse was identified as the most prevalent type abuse, closely followed by physical abuse. …

  11. Strengthening schools as nodes of care and support. Education policy round table meeting report, 28th and 29th July 2003

    The aim of the education policy round table was to consider the extended role of schools as nodes of care and support to vulnerable children in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.The objectives of the meeting were: 1. To present and debate the concept of schools as nodes of care and support for vulnerable children in the context of HIV/AIDS. 2. To identify existing Governmental programmes and policies relevant to the care and support of vulnerable children through schools. 3. To identify potential challenges to putting into practice an expanded role for schools. 4. …

  12. Child-friendly Community Schools approach for promoting health, psychosocial development and resilience in children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS

    The following report is a compilation of all implemented activities and results derived from the Child Friendly Schools project for AIDS affected children in three provinces of northern Thailand. The report outlines the methodology utilized and highlights the best practices and lessons learnt during the planning and implementation period of the project. The report illustrates the crucial importance of incorporating communities into the planning and implementation process of any intended development project. …

  13. Child abuse by teachers in Zimbabwe

    This paper offers needed statistics on the extent of sexual abuse in schools. It analyses 246 reported cases of sexual abuse in schools in Zimbabwe into 3 categories: sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse. Key findings: 81.6% of sexual abuse was perpetrated by trained teachers and 65.5% of the perpetrators had had sexual abuse with their pupils

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