Ready to learn and grow: What you need to know about the global report on school health and nutrition

To transform education and the lives of children and young people, this publication urges governments and development partners to place the health and well-being of learners at the center of the education agenda and to improve the quality and reach of school health and nutrition programs.

We need comprehensive policies and programs that address this all learner needs in a holistic manner, relevant and responsive to evolving contexts and needs, coordinated across sectors and supported by improved financial policies and commitments.

There are many ways in which schools can promote physical and mental health and well-being. This starts with incorporating health and wellness in the curriculum, providing nutritious school meals and ensuring access to health services. This also means ensuring that the school environment is free from violence and conducive to good health, nutrition, development and learning. Greater efforts to involve students and the community and to ensure school staff and teachers have the necessary knowledge, tools and support are also needed.

School health and nutrition measures are a cost-effective investment. They can help reach marginalized students and advance inclusion and equity, while benefiting a wide range of sectors including education, health, social protection and agriculture.