175 Schools in Slovenia Introduce Daily Gymnastics Lessons
In the new academic year, 175 gymnasiums will hold daily gymnastics lesson (5 hours of gymnastics per week). This was stated by the Minister of Education, Science and Sports Maja Makovec Brenčič.
The project for introducing gymnastics lessons in basic schools is part of the Healthy Lifestyle programme funded by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia. It involves children who have expressed a desire to participate in additional physical activities. In the 2016/2017 academic year, there were more than 36,000 schoolchildren.
By implementing this project, Slovenia joins those European countries that understand the importance of a daily hour of gymnastics as an example of stimulating additional physical activity in schoolchildren whose style of modern life forces them to spend a lot of time in front of the computer and, as a result, have little physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle.
If this pilot project is successfully implemented, next year it will be further expanded. According to Maja Makovec Brenčič, a similar model is expected to be applied in other schools as well as in the universities of the country.
Meanwhile, the average life expectancy among the population of Slovenia keeps growing. According to the latest data, today it is about 82 years. For comparison, in 2000 the average life expectancy of the Slovenes was 75 and a half years. Such high rates and positive dynamics are the result of many factors, including good environmental situation, food products of high quality, active lifestyle, and sport activities.