How to Implement Health-promoting Measures in a School Context – An Example of a School Programme for Empowering Young People

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2020)
Title: How to Implement Health-promoting Measures in a School Context – An Example of a School Programme for Empowering Young People
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Authors:
Migle Helmersen, NORCE, Norway

Abstract:

This study builds on Antonovsky’s salutogenic model, which focuses on identifying factors that promote health and life quality in individuals. According to Antonovsky, individuals need to feel that situations are comprehensible, manageable and meaningful in order to develop a sense of coherence, which again leads to the development of resilience. The first part of this presentation will be a research review on health-promoting measures, and based on this, four indicators are extracted that show a clear positive relation between interventions and improved mental health in children and young people: capacity for action, social and emotional competence, competence in coping with stress and health-promoting competence.
The second part of this presentation will give an example of one of the measures in the programme Healthpromoting Kindergartens and Schools, run in the southern region of Norway. The challenge to be dealt with was that a large share of the young people in this area reported that they had problems with feeling lonely, and simultaneously, data from the same area showed that few young people participated in organised spare-time activities. To meet this challenge, the school combined different efforts to empower students in lower secondary school to take responsibility to create an opportunity for young people to meet after school in a relaxed arena where they could talk, play games or participate in different activities and courses. In this way, some students were empowered to create health-promoting conditions for their peers, who then could experience a sense of coherence in a relaxed atmosphere.