NArFU representatives took part in the final conference of summarizing the results of the Kolarctic project «ArctiChildren InNet»

NArFU representatives took part in the final conference of summarizing the results of the Kolarctic project «ArctiChildren InNet»
25.12.2014

On 13, November the final conference of the project "ArctiChildren InNet — Development of electronic health systems in schools of the Barents Region" was held at the University of Lapland where over 50 representatives from universities of northern regions of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia exchanged best practices in the implementation of e-health in schools of the Barents region. Unique personal experience was provided by invited key speakers from the University of Umea (Sweden), Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, the Administration of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Tromso — Arctic University of Norway.

In the frames of the project specialists discussed and tried to solve a number of practical problems such as: conducting of complex studies of students’ psycho-social well-being, dialogue development between students, their parents and teachers, IT-environment for the school e-health system development. The result of three-year-work on the project is a collection of publications including articles based on research made by partners and a web-site: www.arctichildren.com as an interesting and effective channel for the distribution of health information among pupils in the Barents region.

In addition to the main English-language site of the project, NArFU experts created a Russian-language information web resource www.narfu.ru/arctichildren which purpose is to provide users with an access to unique information stored by NArFU for many years of research, scientific publications, participation in international and Russian conferences and seminars. This information resource contains data on health-adapted technologies and it is one of the effective tools to prevent psychosocial distress in the school environment.

Up to the end of the project (March 2015) the Working Group will summarize the results of the project and give the foundation for sustainability of the project after its completion. Moreover, opening of the intellectual centers (NArFU Scientific Library and the Resource Center of Inclusive Education) will give more opportunities for the development of the e-health subject. In addition, the project strengthened relations between Russian institutions and their foreign partners.

For the purpose of the project results dissemination NArFU representatives will participate in the XVI International Congress on Circumpolar Health "Focus on health and well-being", which will be held in June 2015, Oulu.

Russian partners:

Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Russia
Murmansk State Humanities University, Russia
Gymnasium №5, Murmansk, Russia
Lovozerskaya boarding school, Murmansk region, Russia

Foreign partners:

University of Applied Sciences Rovaniemi, Finland
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Finnmark University College, Norway
University of Applied Sciences Kemi-Tornio, Finland
University of Lapland, Finland
University of Manitoba, Canada (associated partner)
The Municipality of Inari, Finland
The Municipality of Salla, Finland
The Municipality of Kemi

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