Out­door Class­room Day lets thou­sands learn out­side

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

MORE than 470,000 grade school stu­dents from all across Turkey had their classes out­side yes­ter­day for School is Outdoors Day or­ga­nized by a non­profit and a de­ter­gent com­pany en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to “get dirty” in their ads.

Ac­com­pa­nied by their teach­ers, chil­dren en­gaged in out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for one day, along with their reg­u­lar cur­ricu­lum. The event aims to en­cour­age chil­dren to shed their seden­tary life­style as Turkey faces an alarm­ing in­crease in child­hood obe­sity. Şule Serter, vice chair of the Ac­tive Life As­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­niz­ing the event, says 94 per­cent of boys and 85 per­cent of girls “do not take enough steps for a day” and grade school stu­dents spend less time than ad­vised in ac­tiv­i­ties for health.

Chil­dren at­tend a class out­side in the western city of Çanakkale.

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