Sectoral Brief: Education

Sectoral Brief: Education
Published 22nd September 2016
Author WHO , UNDP


This sectoral brief is tailored specifically to ministries of education. It expands upon the following key points regarding what this sector needs to know about NCDs:

  • Addressing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors supports the educational development of children.
  • Children and adolescents are being increasingly exposed to tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Life-long health behaviours are shaped during childhood and adolescence.
  • The education sector has a fundamental responsibility to protect children’s health and well-being.
  • Support of educators and peers is essential.
  • Empowered children and youth can encourage healthy families and healthy communities.