EISBarcelona initiates a pioneer project that improves academic results through daily sports practise and movement in the class
MILES program in schools from 6 different countries proves that doing sports daily and being able to move in class is highly beneficial for students
From the 12th to the 16th of November, European International School of Barcelona (EISBarcelona) will host 32 students, teachers and psychologists from five different countries (Finland, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, and Germany) who are participating in the European project called Movement Improves Learning Experience in Schools (MILES).
MILES is a project initiated by EISBarcelona within the Erasmus + framework of the European Union (EU). It is aimed at students aged between 14 and 16 years old, and it is being carried out in five different schools all over the world. For two years, the academic curriculum incorporates daily aerobic exercise, brief breaks for students to move around the classroom (brain breaks) and the practise of sports during the playground breaks.
The idea was conceived after EISBarcelona had been working for more than four years with PE4Life, a program which has the same foundation: daily sport activities and physical movement in class to improve academic results and adopt healthy life habits. With PE4Life, the students in 3rd and 4th ESO start their day doing aerobic exercise and, once in the classroom; there are also brief periods of physical movement in the class. As a consequence, students show significant improvement in academic results, learning experience, healthy habits and concentration in the classroom. Given the excellent results, the project evolved and it became an international project supported by the EU and the participation of other schools all over the world.