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The Well-being School

In this experiment we will be developing a model in which upper secondary school students create and implement ways to increase well-being in their schools through alterations in nutrition and physical activity. The improvements will be trialled in upper secondary schools in Vantaa and Orimattila, Finland.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve in this experiment?

1. Developing and implementing models that support student participation in improving well-being in schools.

 - Making school days more active.

- Improving school lunch.

2. Making the school day more enjoyable.


What are the concrete steps of the experiment?

The Well-being School model has already been piloted in five Finnish high schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Our plan is to develop the model further throughout the 2016-2017 school year, particularly in the spring of 2017.

The Well-being School offers a step-by-step model in which healthy life choices will be increased by participating students in the process. Students will be the ones to decide what are the changes that need to be made and by what means.

In small development teams, students will facilitate the changes. The implementation will be supported by a school board and the ideas will be trialled in Vantaa and Orimattila schools.

How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?

By the end of spring 2017 the model will have been put into practice in the partnering schools. The results will be shown in a video format, that showcases the changes happening in the schools. In addition, the schools will receive a guidebook that contains fifteen case studies of students participating in the development work. The case studies are from the Vantaa and Orimattila high schools.


How will this experiment change the way we educate?

The Well-being School is part of the Youth Academy Your Choice project. It offers concrete tools in implementing the new core curriculum in schools. Intended results are as follows:

1. Improvement in the well-being of young people.

2. Young people will exercise more.

3. Young people will eat healthier and make better life choices.


Potential partnerships / schools:

The School That Moves - program, THL, WAU ry, LUNK, Lahti Pelicans and the Diabetes Association of the Capital region.

Jokiniemi Comprehensive School, Vantaa

Orimattila Comprehensive School, Finland

Contact Information

Organization: Nuorten Akatemia ry

Contact person: Henri Karjula

Contact email: henri.karjula@nuortenakatemia.fi

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