Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland
Grade Level of Students Participating
4th to 10th grade
Number of Students Participating per Year
Trivselsprogrammet (TL) reaches more than 350,000 students across 1300 schools. TL works directly with 70,000 student leaders.
Year Organization Began
Relationship to the public education system
TL is a social enterprise that works in partnership with schools.
Organization’s Vision and Mission
“At TL, schools children and adolescents should be active and inclusive – with a big smile on their face!”
Brief Description of Program Activities
Trivselsprogrammet (TL) uses a peer leadership model to promote physical activity, empathy, and inclusivity in schools and to prevent bullying. In participating schools, students periodically elect peers whom they see as role models of respectful and caring behavior to be Activity Leaders. The Activity Leaders are then responsible for planning and leading inclusive activities at recess. There is also one teacher who serves as the designated TL Leader at the school and this teacher supports and guides the student Activity Leaders.
TL organizes participating schools into networks and provides training at the network level to student and teacher leaders. TL engages face-to-face with each network five times each year.
TL is now expanding the program to focus not only on recess, but also on academic courses. TL has developed subject-specific manuals and courses for teachers in how to promote playful and active learning throughout the school day.
Program Content: Intrapersonal Competencies
Habits of physical activity
Program Content: Interpersonal Competencies
Teamwork, empathy, leadership
Program Content: Cognitive Competencies
Creativity, problem solving
Program Content: Attitudes and Values
Inclusion, friendliness, patience, supportiveness, respect
Program Content: Pedagogy/Active Engagement of Students
The program is based on a student leadership model and promotes collaborative activities among students.
1All of the information in this profile comes from the Trivselsprogrammet website, the Ashoka Innovators for the Public website, and a phone interview with Trivselsprogrammet’s founder and managing director that took place in June 2016. The translated vision and mission statement was provided by Trivselsprogrammet's founder and managing director.