Taking care of health and well-being of children and youth and investing in these things means caring of the future of Northern areas. Resources are needed both for helping people who have problems now and for preventative work. The universities and colleges of the Barents area are taking and keeping up more active role in the development of the well-being of children and youth by networking with other actors.
The consortium co-ordinated by the University of Lapland is implementing Development and Research Project of the Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Youth in the Arctic. The overall objective of the project is to develop a supranational network model for improving the psychosocial well-being, social environment and security of school-aged children in the Barents area. Network model will consist of dialogue, research and development activities of the schools, and implementing a training programme. The project supports also the Health program of the initiative called Future of Children And Youth in the Arctic, connected with sustainable development work of the Arctic Council. Moreover, the project is supporting the development work at the social and health sector of the National Forum of the Northern Dimension of the EU.
The project will be implemented in two stages: stage I 2002-2003 and stage II 2004-2006, funded by Interreg III A North Programme. The first stage started with Russian and Finnish partners, Swedish and Norwegian partners participated in as expert status. In the second stage Sweden and Norway came fully with Russian and Finnish partners. The first stage continued till the end of the year 2003 and the second stage started immediately at the beginning of 2004 and will be end at the end of November, 2006.