The Life Education program is international, but designed to support and complement Finnish school education..
The Life Education program was developed in the 1960's in Australia. From there, the program spread to Finland via England. Today Life Education operates in 14 countries and reaches 4 million children annually. In England, 800 000 children participate in the Life Education program every year. In Finland, the founder of the program was the late Professor Niilo Hallman. The program was started in Finland in 2001 when the first Mobile Learning Centre came from England to Finland.
Approximately 24,000 Finnish children receive education in 120 primary schools and kindergartens in 20 regions every year.
Is the program needed in Finland?
Most Finnish children are well and healthy. Although children’s health has seen a positive development, the experience of health has not changed in a positive direction. One in ten school-age children has a medically diagnosed injury or illness that requires treatment. In recent decades, the range of children’s illnesses has changed. In particular, overweight, asthma, allergies and depression have increased significantly. With childhood overweight, type 2 diabetes has also become more common in children. Preventive and planned health and substance abuse education is increasingly needed in Finland. Healthy lifestyles are learned in early childhood.