The Smokefree Class Competition Network was founded in order to contribute to the reduction of smoking among children and young people in Europe. The network’s activities are dedicated to
• strengthening co-operation among European professionals working in the field of tobacco prevention
• continuing with the Smokefree Class Competition in as many countries as possible
• evaluating and disseminating the results of the Smokefree Class Competition nationally and internationally.
The network partners are multi-disciplinary and have wide experience in the field of smoking prevention among children and young people. This fosters learning from each other and the sharing of best practice.
Planning, organisation and implementation of the SFC in up to 17 European countries.
Each of the countries develops a full set of print or download materials for participating classes for example a class contract, confirmation brochure for teachers, information leaflets for parents, newsletters for stakeholders. All countries give prizes to the successful classes.
Updating the international website
IFT-Nord will contact the partner countries on a regular basis to compile information from Europe regarding the competition.
Additionally, contact details from the European partners and participating classes will be placed on the site.
IFT-Nord will organise a network meeting for network members and interested partner countries (invitation, booking of hotel and conference room, agenda, report).
Developing a best practice guide for countries wishing to introduce the SFC
In the previous years, experience and best practices were assessed from the partner countries and compiled. The information are addressed mainly to countries already participating in the SFC in order to improve their activities and organisation of the competition in the countries, which have already experience in conducting the competition.
So the main target group for this document are the countries that do not conduct the competition so far in order to enable them to take up the competition idea and to join the network.
The manual will include drafts of materials and questionnaires.
Integrating more network partners.
The network strengthens co-operation of professionals on a European scale. There are other countries or regions showing interest in joining in the (e.g. French part of Belgium, Bulgaria, England).
The interested countries receive all information concerning the competition by IFT-Nod and will be invited to the network meeting. They will also ask to assess the quality of the SFC website and manual.
In detail, it is expected to
- strengthen a long-lasting strong network for tobacco prevention in young people in Europe,
- increase the visibility of a European smoking prevention initiative,
- attract more than half a Million pupils to participate in the SFC,
- provide a well-organised implementation,
- foster the co-operation of professionals and institutions dedicated to health education on an European and also national level,
- develop attractive materials for the schools,
- distribute the results on an international and national level,
- dissemination of the SFC to more countries/regions.