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Friday 24 January 2020


10:30–11:15 Educa Opening ceremony with international programme 11:30–12:30 at VISIO stage


12:45–13:45 Seeking solutions to the global learning crisis

More than half of the world’s children and adolescents are not learning the basic skills in reading, writing or mathematics. Additionally, at least 750 million young people and adults still cannot read and write. This global learning crisis hinders the prosperity of entire nations. Countries can only be as strong as their human capital. What solutions, policies, practices and innovations are needed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all?

High level speakers will also include representatives of international organizations. Speakers will be confirmed later.


14:00–15:00 Education in Finland: building a strong skills and knowledge base for all

What are the building blocks and main characteristics of the Finnish education system? What are Finland’s experiences in building a cohesive, inclusive and equal society in and through education? The world of work is changing at an unprecedented pace, and the technological revolution is a global megatrend. How is education being developed to meet the needs of a sustainable future?


15:15–16:15 Teachership in Finland and worldwide

“What’s common in teaching around the world? What’s different? What are the current trends in teaching and its development globally? Panel discussion: ”What’s so special about Finnish teachership? What are the ’superpowers’ of Finnish teachers?” Panel chair Ms. Haldis Holst, Deputy General secretary, Education International EI Panelists include, for example, Ms. Kirsti Lonka, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki; Mr. Saku Tuominen, Creative Director HundrED; Mr. Olli Luukkainen, President, Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ).


16:30–17:30 Teacher education and its needs for development in Finland

What’s the importance of ensuring teacher education and teaching skills in an autonomous education system such as in Finland? How are teachers trained in Finland? What are the future trends in teacher education? What are the challenges teachers face in Finland now and in the future?

Ms. Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science and Culture

Chairs of the Finnish Teacher Education Development Programme (Opettajankoulutusfoorumi) Mr. Jari Lavonen, Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki and Ms. Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen, Dean, Häme University of Applied Sciences

Familiarization visits

Prior to the start of the exhibition program on Friday the 24 of Jan there will be an opportunity to participate in familiarization visits to various educational establishments. This opportunity is organized the City of Helsinki and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.


Saturday 25 January 2020


10:30–11:30 Education supporting sustainable development – thinking globally

What is the role of education in reaching the sustainable development goals? Where are we now on our road towards 2030?

Panelists will be confirmed later.


11:45–12:45 Schools supporting sustainable development – acting locally

What are schools or networks of schools doing to support SDGs? What are the keys to successful action locally?

Panelists will be confirmed later.


From 13:00 onwards, the stage is open for businesses to organize the programme (in cooperation with Messukeskus)