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October 13, 2010
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The latest OECD report, Improving Health and Social Cohesion Through Education, demonstrates how education can play a significant role in promoting well-being and social progress. The best part: is that it can even be cost-effective!

 

In light of the OECD Health Ministerial held last week, this report on Improving Health and Social Cohesion Through Education reinforces the connection between education and health, and proves that it is especially relevant when it comes to promoting healthy lifestyles.

 

 

Review the Improving Health and Social Cohesion Through Education executive summary here.

 

 

One study, reported by the New York Times,, found that that for every extra year of education women had, the death rate for children under 5 dropped by almost 10 percent. The study also found that educated women tend to use health services more often and make better choices on hygiene, nutrition and parenting.

 

If you’re a cynic, you might wonder why we’d spend time examining the seemingly fuzzy idea of “social cohesion?” In the past decade there has gradually been a shift in how we think about and measure country growth. Many economists are now looking beyond the policies that make the economy grow (in terms of GDP), but also what increases a population’s well being, such as health, civic engagement and happiness. While most OECD countries might be a long way from Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness measure, many countries are taking a serious look at how we measure a country’s prosperity. In France, there is an effort to measure economic health and well being by the French government’s Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.

 

Read more about the Social Outcomes of Learning.

 

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI):  www.oecd.org/edu/ceri

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