Facilitate students' participation

Participation is one of the pillars that underpin the health promoting school approach and SHE has defined participation as a sense of ownership by student, staff and parent.


Child participation is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, written by the United Nations. According to this, Children and young people have the right to freely express their views. And there is an obligation to listen to children’s views and to facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them within the family, schools, local communities, public services, institutions and government policy as they can play a significant role as agents of transformation with the capability to engage in decision-making processes. 

Participation is a central point in health promotion, as it develops children and young people’s competences in critical thinking and empower them to act in their own lives. Participation takes place when children and young people actively characterize and shape the health education activities in school, in accordance with their evolving capacities and gradually increasing autonomy. Their participation helps to ensure that the activities are relevant for their everyday lives so that they feel commitment, motivation and ownership.

The same arguments for choosing a high degree of participation apply to staff and parent. 
Ownership is important for everyone to create meaning and commitment, well-being, development and learning and When children, staff and parents collaborate there is an opportunity to create new, innovative solutions to everyday problems.