News from UNESCO Chair on Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings

Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity (PIA) are growing global health issues and evidence suggests that PIA is a key driver for cardiovascular and chronic diseases. Health and well-being of schoolchildren and teachers is not granted in many underprivileged areas of low-and-middle-income countries. The current and projected physical activity levels for neglected socioeconomic communities from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are even worse. Therefore, these children and teachers cannot achieve their full physical and cognitive potential.
KaziBantu is working to make a positive contribution, by giving teachers and learners the tools to live healthier lives. This Swiss-South African initiative aims to improve the health and well-being of teachers and learners at low-resourced primary schools in several African countries. Guided by the UNESCO Chair on ‘Physical Activity and Health in Education Settings’ (, KaziBantu is rolling out two key projects: KaziKidz (for schoolchildren) and KaziHealth (for teachers). Attached is an overview of the KaziBantu initiative:
The UNESCO Chair Team, Uwe Pühse, Basel, Switzerland, Cheryl Walter, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Prof. Dr. Uwe Pühse
Head of department and section sport science
UNESCO Chair on Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings
Department of Sport, Exercise and Health
University of Basel, Switzerland

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