Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical activity during the school day.
Finnish Schools on the Move programme is one of the key projects in the field of knowledge and education in the Government Programme of Finland. The goal of the government is that "the Schools on the Move project will be expanded across the country to ensure one hour of physical activity each day".
The programme is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is organised by the Board of Education, regional state administrative agencies and various other organisations, and is part of the Government Programme in Finland.
Finnish Schools on the Move programme started with a pilot phase (2010-2012). Now (on September 2016) more than 80% of municipalities and 1700 comprehensive schools are involved in the programme.
The promotion of physical activity among school-aged children consists of both increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time. This requires measures to be undertaken both at school and at home.