Division for Teaching, Learning and Content
Section of Health and Global Citizenship Education
With UNESCO’s overarching priorities on sustainable development and a culture of peace, the Section supports countries to prepare learners with the knowledge, skills, values and resilience necessary to work together and confront the challenges of the 21st century as healthy and productive citizens. It promotes healthy lifestyles, gender equality, and peace and global citizenship among girls, boys, young women and men in educational settings. Good health and the right to quality education ensures access to schooling, learning, and enables learners to stay in school, and strengthens their contribution to and participation as citizens in democratic, peaceful and sustainable multicultural societies.
The skill base of staff in the Section includes expertise in education, health and development. Its staff bring a mix of professional experiences to the Sector, Division and Section, in support of the Education Sector, and towards the achievement of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals.
This team focuses on four main thematic areas:
- Comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS – Promotion of the EDUCAIDS framework with a focus on effective M&E of education sector responses to HIV & AIDS; and programming with and for Adolescents and Young People from Key Populations (AYKP) at higher risk of HIV exposure.
- Respect for all in a safe learning environment – Education sector responses to cultivate respect for all people and prevent and address discrimination, and violence including bullying in educational settings, in particular homophobic and transphobic bullying.
- Substance use prevention education - Organization of an international technical consultation on school-based interventions on substance use prevention and harm reduction.
- Support to HQ, regional and country colleagues for effective internal planning, M&E, reporting including impact modelling to tell a more compelling story.
The team works on the content and methods of skills-based education and the policies and practices to promote school health, articulated through the FRESH (Focusing Resources on Effective School Health) framework. The three main areas of work include:
- Inter-Agency Task Team on Education (IATT) - Secretariat of the UNAIDS IATT on Education. Annual symposia and members meeting coordination and projects management on measurement and gender-based violence as prioritised by the IATT membership.
- School Health - Identification of effective school health policies, management models, accountability and coordination requirements; main point of contact for the FRESH partnership that includes inter-agency collaboration to promote and track the use of indicators; nutrition, physical activity and sports.
- Communications - section websites on HIV and health education manitenance; newsletter production and dissemination; electronic dissemination of publications and news management; and HIV and Health Education Clearinghouse support and coordination.
This team is responsible for leading UNESCO’s technical and programmatic work on sexual and reproductive health education, including sexuality and HIV education, with an over-arching focus on gender equality. This includes:
- Continued technical and operational leadership and support for regional and country implementation on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
- Leadership in new areas of work such as adolescent and unintended pregnancy and the right to education, which will include a research paper, technical consultation and the development of global guidelines for the education sector.
- Development of policy and programming responses to school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) focused on girls and young women.
In addition the team:
- Coordinate and support research and advocacy on pre- and in-service teacher training in sexuality education as well as maintaining overall coordination and liaison on young people and on gender and HIV, at the global level.
- Provide support to UNESCO’s regional advisors and field colleagues in a range of areas including technical support, capacity building for field staff, development of new technical tools and programming resources, coordination with global level partners and institutions and resource mobilization to support implementation.