Every time I would get involved in export/exchange education projects in Finland, I would remind asking myself:
How did Finland change its own education system? How did the transformation happen?
Because when foreign visitors (like me, some years ago) come here, it is difficult to see beyond the amazing schools that appear in front of our eyes. One needs to understand that what we see today is the result of a long-term process, with conflicts of ideas and even drawbacks.
For example, did you know that…
… Before WW2, Finnish primary education was formal, teacher-centered, and moral-oriented? It was inspired in the German model of education, in which more “capable” students were tracked to “academic subjects” and those students who were lagging behind (or, as they used to say, “preferred manual work”) were tracked to “vocational studies”.
… Back in the 1950s, Finland had a public-private school system? Additionally, the government used to fund private schools in order to both support the post-war increased demand for education and extend government control over them.
… After WW2, the three major transformation policy agenda in Finland were: accessibility (universal and unified education), curriculum (holistic and personalized education), and professionalism (qualified teachers)? Later, they also invested efforts on developing career counselling, so students would get more support on making decisions for their lives.
… The Finnish Primary School Teachers’ Association was one of the strongest civil society organization in favor of an unified school system? Their ideas were in direct opposition to the general opinion of university professors back then.
… After unifying the school system in 1970s, one of the first aspect to be developed was special needs support? So the schools could attend the diverse needs of pupils in order for all to reach education success.
… Finland has mostly implemented education approaches based on research developed abroad, such as USA, Canada and UK? For instance, Finnish universities and schools were one of the first countries to implement in large scale the cooperative learning methodology from Johnson brothers.
Eduix participated in the X International Symposium on Research, organized by the Colombian Association of Higher Education Institutions with Professional Technical, Technological or University training (ACIET). The event happened from 29th September until 1st October and addressed the theme “Research Experiences in the Age of Pandemic”. In the event, Eduix presented how our edtech solutions has helped Finnish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) continue running their research endeavors during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The paradigm shift in education
From a global perspective, we all know that many HEIs have faced increased dropout rates due to students’ financial difficulties and inefficient virtual learning environments in the past year. Nevertheless, HEIs with the the appropriate virtual tools were able to keep educational processes running online (synchronous and asynchronous), identify students at risk and retain them, maintain staff efficiency, reduce costs, and attract more students.
Sustainable Me is our Artificial-Intelligence (AI) tool that profiles students’ competences and interests, so they can efficiently transform their learning paths into professional skills. The tool was developed in partnership with HeadAI. Our business cooperation has also resulted in another AI tool: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) AI-scorecard for assessing the extent that education curricula address the SDGs.
Imagine this …
Marek is a Polish student starting his Degree Programme in Medicine. Priya is an India company employee willing to advance on her job position. Taru wants to radically change her career in Finland, from programmer to engineer. Despite their differences, they are all about to ask themselves: what should I learn next?
Sustainable Me is a tool to help students, employees, and career changers to understand:
what professional competences they already have,
what competences they want and need to learn,
and what paths they can take to reach their goals.
The users build their skills’ profile based on their hobbies, education, jobs and careers, and the tool transforms the users’ interests into actionable learning paths.
Thank you for all of you who registered to and attended the Edupreneurs final event. We are proud to have brought together such an amazing group of education stakeholders. We have discussed how we can build a digital business education ecosystem in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The final event counted with the participation of
Mr. Matti Karvanen, Deputy Head of Mission, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Finland;
Mr. Ilary Patrick Lindy, the SAIS Leader Expert;
Prof. Samuel John, from the Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering (NUST);
Mr. Hasekiel Johannes, Innovation Officer (NUST-NBII);
Dr. Altti Lagstedt, Principal lecturer from UAS Haaga-Helia; and
Mr. Sebulon David, Glowdom CEO, the keystone organization from the Edupreneurs ecosystem.
For those who haven’t made to attend the event and for those who would like to remember key points of our discussions, kindly find the link to our recorded session below:
The Edupreneurs project offers its final capacity building workshop:
Introduction to Flipped Classroom
In this workshop, we will implement Flipped Classroom methodology to address the main differences between traditional and flipped classrooms, as well as the conceptual understanding of how flipped classroom is a transition phase of changing teaching practices from a traditional approach toward flipped learning.
After implementing Flipped Classroom, most teachers report both increasing the success rate of their students in the course subject, as well as enjoying more their teaching. Ultimately, we would like that staff experience these results.
The website Good News from Finland just posted an interview about my working life in Finland. The series of interviews “From start to Finnish” highlights foreigners’ work experiences. It covers how we have found jobs, overcome challenges in the process, and found the right place to be in Finland. In the interview, I share with the public the different places I worked before Eduix and how Eduix has been a great work place for me.
The Edupreneurs project, funded by the SAIS 2 program, is gaining traction and the first week of June is full of surprises! We will not only offer two workshops for building capacity among education entrepreneurs, but we will also roll out officially our digital platform on June 4th.
The Edupreneurs project will offer two workshops in the beginning of June. These workshops are part of our main goals on building innovation, resilience, digital and professional capacity for the education business ecosystem in the SADC.
The workshops will be facilitated by Hasekiel Johannes (NBII) and Dr. Alti Lagstedt (University of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia) respectively. Save the dates!
Check out the workshops’ descriptions in the poster below and their respective registration forms further:
Click here to register to the workshop How to identify Business Opportunities in the SADC Education Sector?
Click here to register to the workshop Tools available to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem, how to play your role to benefit fully?
The 4SmartGrowth programme, in cooperation with the Chilean partner Momento Cero, organized the event “Nordic Innovations in Education” on April 15th. The 2 days event aimed at highlighting Nordic companies who are developing cross-cutting digital solutions for emerging challenges in education.