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Promoting Culture by Exercising as a Community

Exercise has been recognised as an excellent way to promote cultural integration at schools. This experiment aims to bring students and their families together at the Meri-Rastila Elementary and Kallahti Comprehensive schools and use exercise to develop replicable ideas that further relationship building. The two schools will be working in partnership with parents, sports facilities in the area and the Helsinki Sports Department.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

The primary goal of this experiment is to support students with different backgrounds in integrating with the surrounding culture and promote tolerance through physical education. For example in Meri-Rastila Lower Stage Comprehensive School we can integrate disabled students into the school community with using P.E as the connecting factor. In this experiment we want to be able to positively affect students’ school satisfaction, increase the amount of interaction between students and guardians, and increase the amount of exercise children get during and after school.
 

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

This a completely new experiment that hasn’t been trialed before.
 

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

The experiments begins in the Fall 2016 with a special P.E event where the whole school will attend. The goal of the event is to concretize the experiment. The event will be organized together with guardians and local stakeholders where we will also begin the collaboration to promote student integration.

Contact Information

School(s): Meri-Rastila Lower Stage Comprehensive School and Kallahti Comprehensive School

Contact person: Tarja Tapper and Timo Heikkinen

Contact email: tarja.tapper@hel.fi timo.heikkinen@hel.fi

Partnership(s): Local sports clubs and City of Helsinki's Sports Department.

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