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For healthier school children

For healthier school children

Type of text : Opinion and report
Type of referral : Own initiative
Working group : Section for Social Affairs and Health

Rapporteur(s) :

Jean-François NATON
CGT Group
Associated individual
Date adopted : 14/03/2018 | Period : 2015-2020

Good health among schoolchildren, and the pinpointing and treating of disorders of whatever nature that might affect them are necessary conditions to learning In parallel, State Education, which is responsible for schooling over 12 million children and young people over an average period of over 18 years, plays a key role in sustainable disease prevention. And in our country, where healthcare practices still focus too much on curative treatment, prevention is a reality that we must lose no time in incorporating. For the ESEC, health education must finally enable schoolchildren and the adults they will become to be actors in their own good health.

Since the 1990s, there have been increasing numbers of official texts reasserting the public authorities’ determination to make health at school a priority. Introduced at the start of the 2016/2017 school year, the Health Education Pathway (PES) is one of the system’s key components. It comprises a series of lessons and educational practices covering all levels, from nursery to upper secondary school. Similarly, signature of a framework agreement between the Ministries of Health and National Education in 2016 highlighted a new awareness of the need to “reinforce positive interaction between healthcare and education, in particular in favour of the more fragile pupils”.