Junkfood compensates for stress?
In the emerging countries, well-off parents invest a lot of money and time in the formation of their children. Tight curricula, private schools and tuition are the result.
Western junk food and entertainment are becoming more and more a stress-compensator and set to the hip of the new middle class. About 50 percent of Europeans are overweight and 20 percent obese.
Children to learn
Especially in the emerging markets, this trend is currently growing faster and more drastically. Poor nutrition and increasing social performance pressure are very close.
How can we counteract these two developments? The Finnish non-profit organization Nuori Suomi ry, a few years ago, took up the task of answering this question.
Movement increases the willingness to learn
Among other things, it was necessary to carry out scientific studies that show that a lot of movement can increase the willingness to learn children and counteract bad grades.
That's how the idea of a teaching tool for teaching and learning, which makes it easy to integrate exercise and health education into lessons, came up.
Movement adventure around the world
In the development framework of this new educational project, numerous concepts, methods and offers of Finnish schools were examined. They came across the "Liikuntaseikkailu - movement adventure around the world".
75 percent of all elementary schools and nearly 50 percent of elementary school students have been involved in this educational program for 13 years.
Innovative teaching materials awarded
On the basis of this approach, the idea of the international Muuvit adventure emerged - an innovative teaching tool for teachers and a multiplication platform for authorities and programs.
2010 was awarded the concept with the Internationalization Award from the Finnish Organization for Technology and Innovation - Tekes.
How does Muuvit work?
At Muuvit the children gather through movement points with which they can make a virtual journey around the world. This world contains content relevant to education and can be embedded, for example, in computational, technical or English teaching.
Some 250.000 children from 6 countries and 9 languages have completed the program this year. But it has to be embedded much better in the everyday school life of the teachers, so that the students do not realize that they are currently in a movement program. The children jumping in the math class should become the recipe for success for the next PISA rounds.
Prominent Supervisory Board
The board also chairs Sari Baldauf, who was named by the Financial Times as the most influential female executive in Europe in 2004.
In addition to her work for Muuvit, she sits on the supervisory boards of Deutsche Telekom and Daimler AG and is chairman of the supervisory board of Fortum Oyj, the largest listed company Company in Finnland.
Muuvit in Germany and Switzerland
In Germany, 2009 started the first pilot project with 5000 pupils from Lower Saxony and Finland - under the auspices of Prime Minister Christian Wulff and Cheferainer of VfL Wolfsburg Armin Veh.
From Finland, Muuvit spread through Germany into many other countries: In Switzerland, Muuvit is currently being used as a multiplication platform for cantonal programs in three languages.
Muuvit in Africa
In the year 2012, pupils from the host countries of the FIFA football championship in Poland and the Ukraine will participate for the first time.
With the "Hospital Hill Primary School" started the first African school with Muuvit. And even beyond the "big pond", Muuvit appeals: Ohio comes as the first US state on board the unique educational project.
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