Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the concept of One Health, which once sat on the periphery of the academic world, has now taken full center. 'This means that civil society, political decision processes, and the private sector need to embrace this fundamental notion.'
In 'One Health for One Planet: How to Address 21st Century Education Challenges' professor Ulrich Laaser points out that 'the starting point for us [is] to recognize that the interface between animal-human-environmental health is not rhetoric but reality.'
For this to happen there needs to be a pathway to support education as both learning and teaching should encompass the One Health concept. Reason for the international One Health for One Planet Education (1HOPE) Initiative Government, Policy, Advocacy Working Group to develop a learning module. It is published as a Special Edition of the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health.
I was part of this international group of experts that has teamed up to develop a 'Framework for a Learning Module on Continuing Environmental Education (CEE): The Global One Health Environment.' My contribution aimed at explaining the significant role civil society can play in the process of putting ‘the health and Wellbeing of the planet and its people’ front and center.
The learning module and framework enriches the learning about global interdependence, environmental sustainability, multilevel education, and action - as external reviewer professor Milena Santric Melicevic points out. Anyone seeking to increase literacy and engagement in the One Health program, please feel welcome to have a look at it.