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October 25, 2016
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ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD, a U.S.-based education nonprofit, and Education International, a global federation of teacher unions, released a statement earlier today calling on the United Nations (UN) to better align stand-alone education and health goals in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were ratified by the UN in 2015.
Today’s joint statement—The Need to Better Align SDG 4 (Education) with SDG 3 (Health) for the Benefit of the Child—calls for the alignment and integration of planning, policies, and procedures of the Health SDG, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all at all ages, and the Education SDG, which seeks to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
“The Sustainable Development Goals have numbers, but no goal is separately achievable,” said Fred van Leeuwen, general secretary of Education International. “Poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, and stewardship of the planet’s natural resources are inseparable, as are the 11 other goals the world has set for ourselves.”
“We must make children the focus of our work and decisions and put in place resources to meet their individual needs,” said Deborah S. Delisle, Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. “To do less will short change our children, their well-being, and their futures.”
The joint statement also explains why alignment of health and education is vital to the success of the whole child:
In order to ensure that environments are safe, healthy, and supportive, education and health must work in harmony. Education and health are symbiotic, and what affects one affects the other. The healthy child learns better just as the educated child leads a healthier life. Similarly, a healthier environment—physically as well as socially and emotionally—provides for more effective teaching and learning. Policies, starting at the SDG level, must be crafted and adapted to commit to alignment and integration.
If we create systems that only work in silos, we fail to fulfill the intent and objectives of the goals and we fail to ensure a unified, beneficial future for our children. Our risk in forging ahead with 17 goals is that we forge ahead with 17 actions, 17 systems, and 17 competing forces.
Read the entire joint statement: The Need to Align SDG 4 (Education) with SDG 3 (Health) for the Benefit of the Child.
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