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Improving Health and Social Cohesion through Education

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Today’s global policy climate underlines the importance of better addressing non-economic dimensions of well-being and social progress such as health, social engagement, political interest and crime. Education plays an important role in shaping indicators of progress. However, we understand little about the causal effects, the causal pathways, the role of contexts and the relative impacts that different educational interventions have on social outcomes.

This report addresses challenges in assessing the social outcomes of learning by providing a synthesis of the existing evidence, original data analyses and policy discussions. The report finds that education has the potential to promote health as well as civic and social engagement. Education may reduce inequalities by fostering cognitive, social and emotional skills and promoting healthy lifestyles, participatory practices and norms. These efforts are most likely to be successful when family and community environments are aligned with the efforts made in educational institutions. This calls for ensuring policy coherence across sectors and stages of education.

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Improving health through cost-effective educational interventions

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter presents an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of educational interventions – school-based, work-based and mass media – in reducing obesity-related disabilities. Results indicate that educational interventions via the mass media are the most cost-effective in the short run. In the long run, however, all interventions become cost-effective, especially in comparison to other health-related interventions such as physician counselling and food advertisement regulations.

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