Addressing health literacy in schools in the WHO European Region argues the education system as a whole, and schools in particular, are important settings for the development of health literacy among children.

It says improvement in health literacy skills may benefit the health, growth and development of children, as well as their health in later life and the health
of the broader society.

The communication presents some of the prerequisites for schools to become key settings for health literacy development in school-aged children and reviews recent research and the current status of school health literacy policies in the WHO European Region.

WHO argues health literacy must become a critical agenda item in education policies across the region and intersect with further strategies and policies on health literacy and public health across the political spectrum.

Read the full communication here.