Healthy Habits, Happy Minds
The project „Healthy habits, happy minds” is a strategic partnership, exchange of good practices, between schools from Macedonia, Italy, Spain and Portugal and coordinated by Romania.
Within the increasing effects of bullying based on body shape and discrimination on social and economic issues, the high rate of children prone to weight problems and food borne diseases due to lack of physical activity and information about healthy and balanced lifestyles, the disparities in access to quality education between children from rural and urban areas which leads to social exclusion, risky behaviors and early school leaving, it has become imperative to raise awareness of the problem and create a preventive methodology of intervention with tools and activities centered on students’ needs.
The project intends to provide quality education for a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle and social inclusion through non-formal and informal education to students in an interdisciplinary and European context.
This project focuses on the following objectives:
– The improvement of long-term students’ lifestyles, eating habits, social and active life by providing them with key competences for a balanced life and for further learning.
– The creation of innovative pedagogical approaches based on the exchange of good practices of the project’s partners in a European school network.
The outcomes of the project will be freely available in English on the project’s website and can be used in all European countries.
All the activities will be shared with the families, local educational community and regional educational services.
The students involved in this project are chosen from economically and socially disadvantaged groups – families with a very low income, children with special needs, students with risky behaviors, immigrants, students whose parents work abroad.
The project’s methods and activities used during this partnership are: learning by doing, hands on learning, indoor and outdoor education, active-participatory non formal activities, counseling activities, workshops and debates. The activities of the project will provide the students with an international context that will allow them to get life skills, learning-to-learn skills, cultural awareness and social and civic skills.
The project employs also virtual collaboration spaces, peer-learning, project-based collaboration and a stimulating cross curricular approach.