The child is at the center of efforts to achieve Education for All (EFA) by 2015 and to address the Millennium Development Goals of universal basic education and gender equality in education access. Health, Equity, and Education for All delves into this issue and asks, Given equal education opportunities, does every child have an equal chance to learn? The evidence shows that the answer is a resounding no—poor children, because they suffer most from ill health and malnutrition, are also less able to attend and complete school, and to learn while there.
But governments and development partners like the World Bank are working together towards ensuring that every child is able to stay in school long enough to learn. The positive experience of school health and school feeding programs in low-income countries shows that carefully designed programs can provide a cost-effective solution. Moreover, these programs are intrinsically pro-poor, as their greatest benefits are for the poor, the sick, and the hungry. It is clear that school health programs are necessary to achieve equity in education for all children.
This film sets the stage for the corresponding full-length publication, Health, Equity, and Education for All: How School Health and School Feeding Programs are Leveling the Playing Field, which explores how programs can be implemented at meaningful scale in the poorest countries that need them the most.
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