Quality level: 3
Klasse2000 is the largest national programme of education courses for the promotion of health and the prevention of violence and addiction for children of primary school age. The programme accompanies children continuously from an early age, from classes 1 to 4. Teachers and external Klasse2000 health promoters teach the children in life competences and knowledge on health and the human body, as well as in encouraging a positive attitude to health. The programme is continuously evaluated and revised. Positive effects have alreay been recorded, for example in a later initial alchohol and nicotine consumption.
Promotion of health and life skills of children with the aim of preventing addiction and violence. The programme pursues the following objectives: • Children get to know their bodies and develop a positive attitude towards health; • Children get to know the meaning of healthy nutrition and exercise and develop enjoyment in leading an active life; • Children develop personal and social skills; • Children learn to deal critically with tobacco, alcohol and the promises made in advertising; • The people in the children's environment – parents, school, and community – support them in growing up healthily.
Strengthening life skills is the best method of preventing addiction. In order to make addiction prevention effective, it should begin as early as possible and before people experiment with intoxicating substances for the first time. In view of this, the Klasse2000 programme of lessons accompanies children from years 1 to 4. Approximately 15 Klasse2000 lessons are carried out per school year. Special lessons on new topics (2-3 per school year) are carried out by external Klasse2000 health promoters who place special emphasis on the subject in everyday school life and whose visits are very well received by the children. After this, the teaching staff go through the lesson content in more detail during their own lessons. Klasse2000 topics include nutrition, exercise, relaxation, getting to know the body, alcohol and tobaacco, recognising feelings, learning to deal with unpleasant feelings, and saying “no” to peer pressure. The positive effects of the programme on initial substance misuse, the atmosphere of the class, as well as health knowledge and awareness have been verified by a longitudinal study (2005-08). The programme has been carried out since 1991 and is continuously updated and optimised based on a permanent process of evaluation and new scientific findings. Thus far (September 2009), over 630,000 children have been reached; 325,000 children in the school year of 2008/9 alone. Klasse2000 is financed via donations, mainly in the form of sponsorships for individual classes, and supported by a non-profit association (DZI Spenden-Siegel).
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