The Icelandic approach has proved successful in other countries. As of 2018, we have partnered with 57 cities across the world in over 20 countries. Our partners are the best measure of the method.
Leading Specialist of Social Welfare and Health Care Department of Tallinn City Government
In 2012, Estonia joined the then 15-year old Youth in Europe. In the same year, we carried out a survey in Tallinn of approximately 3,500 students in the 15 to 16-year old age group. We found the Icelandic experience to be so inspiring that we wanted to be part of this network.
We also carried out student surveys in 2014 and 2016. The data gathered has been provided to all the heads of schools, providing, as a comparison, the data from the survey carried out across Tallinn. However, a survey, without a specific improvement intervention, yields no results. The Leisure Time Card system used in Iceland has not been implemented due to the lack of financing of leisure time activities. During the first years, we still managed to start with 4-5 P.E. lessons, introducing different types of sports activities for the students to choose from. Good co-operation with parents is especially important as the home is the source of the value system and the attitude towards school and work, relationships with classmates, etc. From the survey we have established that in 15% of the families, the father works abroad – in Finland, Norway, the UK, etc. It is a serious obstacle for a normal family life. At the same time, there are a limited number of parental training courses.
The beginning has been made, and we are moving towards a healthier, more capable and active generation. The help of the network, with its best practice, is invaluable.
Chief Expert – Health Care Division Klaipeda City Municipality
I am glad that I have the opportunity to participate in the program Planet Youth. Not only me, but also all our city of Klaipeda are learning from You. You have helped our politicians to hear and not be afraid of the research results that show the real situation of psychoactive substance use among young people. Thanks to Your program politicians of Klaipeda city and practitioners started talking and planning activities, based on the studies, together. I very much hope that the results achieved in Klaipeda and your great achievements in Iceland will continue to encourage our city to participate in the program Planet Youth. And we will not stop learning from each other and sharing good experience, therefore it would be great to cooperate with You and participate in joint future events where You will share Your effective and proven prevention activities which could also be applied in our city. Your education and experience on this point are very necessary for us in the future.
I hope that the Program will run for many more years and your work and achievements will encourage as many as possible of the world‘s (not just European) cities to learn from Your best practices. And, most important, I hope that children, who are currently growing (just like my daughter who is 4 years old), will live in a safer society.
MD, PhD, MPH Pediatrican and Professor of Global Health University of Iceland
In June 2017, ICSRA and collaborators at the University of Iceland, Jean Piaget University Guinea-Bissau and National Institute for Education and Research (INEP) in Bissau implemented the first round of a survey based on the Planet Youth questionnaire adapted to Bissau-Guinean context. Despite being unfamiliar with the type and format of the questions in the survey, the students were interested and rapidly understood how to answer. They told us it was easy to fill-in, and that they enjoyed doing it. One of the student claimed that the “questions are about my own life – I want to answer all the questions.“
We have now completed the descriptive analysis of 2.039 filled-in questionnaires. We have published a report and had a meeting in Bissau in July 2018 with teachers and other interested partners. After the presentations followed engaged discussion on the health and wellbeing of adolscents in Guinea-Bissau. Further, the Ministry of Education, international partners with the government, and all the participating schools have received the report, and each school confidencial information on their students‘ use of tobacco and alcohol, compared to other schools in Bissau.
Irrespective of setting, in Europe or in a low-income country as Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, adolescents face challenges that will influence their later health and well-being. Our data are comparable to European peers, and show as much differences as similarities. Our experience in Bissau gives evidence to the applicability of this approach in diverse settings.
During the past 10 years more than 100 per reviewed articles have been published about the Icelandic prevention model’s approach. Learn more about white papers, publications, statistics and a list of relevant articles.
The Planet Youth prevention model is aimed at improving the lives of young people. The model has proven easily transferable and can be applied in any community. We offer three ways to deliver this model to you.