If You Struggle to See, You Struggle to Learn:
Accelerating Progress Towards the SDGs through School Eye Health Programmes
Date: Wednesday, 6th July 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
The United Nations Friends of Vision invite you to a virtual event on the margins of the 2022 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2022. The event will focus on the critical role comprehensive School Eye Programs play in achieving substantial progress on Sustainable Development Goal 4 -Quality Education and across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
80% of what young children learn is processed through their sight. Therefore, if you struggle to see, you struggle to learn. 90 million children and adolescents are currently living with sight loss; the majority in low-and-middle-income countries. Unaddressed vision impairment results in poorer educational outcomes, school exclusion, and risk to future earning potential and well-being.
While there are many barriers to education, vision loss should not be one. COVID-19 disruptions have renewed calls to utilise schools as a resource for influencing the health and well-being of students and their communities. The adoption and implementation of health promoting policies through school-based health interventions can provide the comprehensive eye health care needed by millions of children and support inclusive and equitable education for all.
Hear our expert panel discuss school-based health interventions as the primary institutional pathway for reaching a majority of children on a regular basis, particularly with preventative interventions. They will address how comprehensive School Health Programmes could be the most effective and efficient approach to providing eye health services to potentially more than 700 million children throughout the world.
This immersive discussion between community voices, global policymakers and cross-sector experts on the intersection between child eye health, Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education and the achievement of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is an important step towards building multidisciplinary support and cooperation to prioritize child eye health policies and actions.
Format: Moderator-led discussion with panel followed by Q & A with the audience