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Friday 27 January 2023

10:15–11:00 How can digitalisation support the teacher’s work?

Digital solutions can help, but teachers can also feel burdened by them, if bad choices are made or the solutions are not appropriate for purpose. What kind of solutions really help, and what should be taken into account at the adoption stage to make sure that the solutions do not become a burden? How can digital solutions free the teachers to focus on what is at the core of the profession: Teaching? How can or should teachers be supported to benefit from digitalisation?

Discussion with

> Moderator: Cathleen Naglee
> Jaakko Salo, Head of Education Policy, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> Kerli Pozogina, Project manager, Estonian Education and Youth Board (Harno)
> Jarmo Viteli, Research Director, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University


11:10–11:55 What are the digital competences that are crucial in this time?

Changes in digital communication technologies have impacted on society rapidly. What kind of frameworks are there for the “new literacy” skills that learners need?

What kind of competences are crucial in this time, and how can we tackle mis- and disinformation through supporting critical digital literacies?

How can teachers support multiliteracy in the classroom?

Video is one format that is both very popular with pupils and a good way of enriching teaching. How can teachers be supported to utilize video in teaching?

Discussion with

> Moderator: Cathleen Naglee
> Kari Kivinen, Education Outreach Expert of the EUIPO OBSERVATORY
> Matti Ryhänen, Teacher & learning material author from Ritaharju school, Oulu
> Christine Grahn, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Northern Europe/TikTok


12:05–12:50 Education funding

What impacts financing has on the quality and availability of education?

The aim of the debate is to discuss about how the funding of education is generally influenced by education and training levels and the quality of it. The discussion will concern the situation all over the world in different countries and also the situation in Finland.

Discussion with

> Nina Lahtinen, Director of Educational Policy, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> Tommi Himberg, Counsellor, Education and Science, Permanent Delegation of Finland to the OECD
> Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Culture
> Antti Kauhanen, Director of Research, Etla


13:00–13:30 Equal and high-quality education through cooperation

Interview with Li Andersson, Minister of Education, and Katarina Murto, President of the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ), about the role of dialogue and cooperation in developing education as well as the current directions of Finland’s education policy. What are the reasons why dialogue and cooperation between government and union in the field of education work in Finland?

Interview by

> Haldis Holst, Debuty General Secretary of Education International


13:45–14:45 Common world, common education

Education connects the countries of the world. We can learn from each other. That is why it is important to have a discussion across the country’s borders about how to export education not only in terms of goals but also ethically.

The opening speech will be given by Pirita Vuorinen, European Training Foundation and the discussion will be led by OAJ’s solidarity work expert Jenni Arnkil and Kaj Raiskio.


> 13.45 Opening words, Kaj Raiskio, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> 13.50 Key note, Pirita Vuorinen, European Training Foundation
> 14.10 Example, Shoroke Zedan, CEO, Taheal, Egypt
> 14.25 Ethical education, Jenni Arnkil, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> 14.35 Conclusions


14:45–15:00 Teachers heading for a better future

Teacher profession is considered one of the most important professions in Finland. In the same time the society expects a lot from teachers. As highly educated and academic people they should be able to educate the new generations towards the new world where global challenges like pandemics, wars, energy crisis and climate change shake our resilience. What are the limits and the role of teachers in the complex world? What teachers can or should do?


> Heljä Misukka, Executive director and owner of LovEdu Ltd


15:00–15:45 Teachers´ competences today and in the future

The president of the Trade Union of Education in Finland Katarina Murto will open the discussion.
Teachers’ work requires diverse competences, which were gathered in the research-based MAP model. It gives an excellent basis to teaching in changing situations, like a pandemic, and in the future. Anu Warinowski, Head of Faculty Development, University of Turku opens the results of the research.
Teachers from different countries and a teacher student will tell their points of view what kind of competences they need in their everyday work.

Discussion with

> Moderator: Päivi Lyhykäinen, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> Katarina Murto, The president of the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ)
> Anu Warinowski, Head of Faculty Development, University of Turku
> Hilppa Jankama, Lecturer, University of Turku
> Robin Smith, a Teacher ”Förstelärare” in Swedish and English from Sveriges Lärare, Sweden
Ramona Rosu, a Teacher and Trainer at FSLI Romania


15:50–16:45 Right to Learn – Equality through Inclusion, Language Awareness and Cooperation

Schools are increasingly having to find ways how to support the learning and participation of pupils with an immigrant background. What is the role of language awareness, inclusion and cooperation for learning and participation? Through these three themes, an effort is made to form a comprehensive approach to integrate all pupils into the school community.


> Moderator: Mirja Tarnanen, Professor, University of Jyväskylä
> Moderator: Katri Kuukka, Senior Advisor, Finnish National Agency for Education
> Mira Kalalahti, Assistant Professor, University of Jyväskylä
> Satu Kekki, Rector, Teacher Training School, Turku


16:50–17:35 KEY NOTE What can neuroscience give to education?

Finland’s advancement in brain research has opened new possibilities to change education. This talk discusses how neuroscience contributes to the design of learning, learning environments, and special education.


> Minna Huotilainen, Professor of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki


17.40-18.25 Accelerating Digital Education

The Digital Education Accelerator helps the European education and training sector in developing their digital education practices. The programme is equity-free and designed to serve all education sectors. The accelerator is part of the European Digital Education Hub, launched by the European Commission.

Join us to learn about the programme and the selected, cutting-edge prototypes.

Organizer: Educraftor Oy Ab


> Juhani Koivuviita, Co-founder & CEO of Educraftor, Finland
> Angela Jafarova, Head of Coding School, Datorium, Latvia
> Omari Loid, Co-Founder & CEO, Praktikal, Estonia
> Maria Rahamägi, CEO & Founder, Edumus School, Estonia

Saturday 28 January 2023

10:30–11:15 Digital solutions promoting well-being

What do studies and research tell us about the link between technology and well-being in schools? How can we harness technology to support well-being?

Discussion with

> Sari Melkko, Special Advisor, Labour Market Advocacy, Trade Union of Education (OAJ)
> Katariina Salmela-Aro, Academy Professor, Department of Education, University of Helsinki
> Mika Kasanen, CEO, SchoolDay


11:30–12:15 Data economy in schools

The ethical and security aspects of digitalisation are a consideration that has received increasing attention. How can we tackle the risks involved with digitalisation? What is the status of teacher’s know-how in this area, and how can they talk about data economy issues in the classroom?


> Tiina Härkönen, Leading specialist, Digital power and democracy, Sitra
> Jani Kiviharju, lecturer, the Normal Lyceum of Helsinki


12:30–13:15 Finnish teacher education combining theory and practice

Hear about the teacher training school’s role in teacher education and in professional development. You will have a chance to learn about the mentoring student teachers receive while practicing teaching in classrooms.


> Dr. Raimo Salo, Global Partnerships Manager, Oulu University Teacher Training School
> Dr. Anssi Salonen, Senior Researcher, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland


13:30–14:15 KEY NOTE You vs Google – what are the future skills?

Which skills should we be cultivating in an age of ceaseless technological progress? Join Pölönen as he takes a practical, personal look at our ever-changing technological landscape.


> Perttu Pölönen, Futurist


14:30–15:15 Towards stronger partnerships with Africa

Africa is a continent of lot of young talent. What opportunities and challenges are there to enable learning and skills development for young people in East and South Africa? Let us hear from Africa’s own voices how to support them to become future scientists, decision-makers and entrepreneurs.


> Moderator: Iina Soiri, Counsellor from the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria
> Moderator: Adina Nivukoski, Law Student and Education Activist
> Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
> Evelyn Ansah Karkkulainen, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland
> Elias Mbanze, Master’s Candidate, University of Helsinki
> Mervi Jansson, CEO at Omnia Education Partnerships Ltd


15:30–16:00 The work and mission of the Global Learning Innovation Hub UNICEF

The UNICEF Global Learning Innovation Hub based in Helsinki aims to bring together the global community to build game changing solutions in education to help solve the learning crisis as well as imagine and develop alternative learning futures for all children. The Hub aims to accelerate equitable access to world class digital learning solutions by testing and scaling frontier technologies and innovations hand-in-hand with UNICEF Country Offices around the world. The Hub is supported by the Government of Finland, a global leader in education and technology.

Join us to learn about the UNICEF Learning Innovation Hub!


> Angeles Cortesi, Senior Adviser, Learning Innovation Hub, UNICEF Office of Innovation
> Leotes Lugo Helin, Education Manager, Learning Innovation Hub, UNICEF Office of Innovation
> Evelyn Casanova, Partnership Specialist, Learning Innovation Hub, UNICEF Office of Innovation
> Bishnu Bhakta Mishra, Education Officer, UNICEF Bhutan

Session will include a brief presentation about the UNICEF Global Learning Innovation Hub followed by a brief panel discussion with the above speakers and Q&A with the participants.


16:00–16:45 How can children continue school in crisis situations?

We hear about how a mobile distance school was organized for Finnish children in Syria’s al-Hol camp, and how schools in Finland have been able to cater for children fleeing the war in Ukraine.


> Ilona Taimela, CEO and Learning Designer; Ilmiömuotoilu Oy
> Tuija Tammelander, School Director, Kulkuri Distance School, The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (Kvs)
> Niina Korko, District manager in basic education, City of Vantaa
> Arto Martikainen, Principal, Havukoski lower secondary school, City of Vantaa
> Katri Kuukka, Councellor of education, Finnish National Agency of Education