Finland has started a special year, 2017. The independent Republic of Finland celebrates 100 years of sovereignty in December, but the nation of Finland runs far further back. Being a small but sturdy nation in the European North means the connections to the world outside are of fairly recent achievement for the masses – excluding the clerics, artists, traders and random travellers. Mobiles and Internet in the 1990’s, wireless networks and 4G’s for the 2nd Millenium users – all of these have brought the world to the Finns and vice versa, Finland to the global society. Finnish education does have a certain global halo around it. What Finns do so well with pupils and students, seems like a mystery to the pedagogical scholars. The principle of democratic and equal access to education is one of the many keys to the riddle, carefully protecting everyone’s right to have education. Special education services are given at any phase of the studies, all the way through adulthood and further education. Learning at work is a priority for vocational competence-based studies.
TAKK will offer you a window to the secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET) of Finland in this series of blog stories from TAKK network people. Read for yourself the hundred and perhaps more blogs about the everyday life and spirit of TAKK: we’ve been told it works! Stay tuned.