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Global Classroom event in Helsinki

A school on a sailing boat: How will learning work out on the seas of the world?

In June 2016, the Meretniemi family is beginning a six-year sailing voyage around the world. The children of the family will have lessons on the sailing boat by making use of digital learning possibilities. The Sail for Good project that has grown around the sailing voyage is now bringing experts together to discuss different learning methods and the possibilities offered by digitalization.

The Sail for Good – Global Classroom event is the starting signal for a learning and education export project built around the six-year-long sailing voyage around the world. In the event, discussion will be raised about the skills of the future that a school should train children for. Is a school environment needed for learning them or can learning take place anywhere? What opportunities does digitalization offer for the education exportation of Finland?

These and many other questions will be delved into in expert discussions. Talking about individual learning will be, amongst others, Kirsti Lonka, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Helsinki, and the classroom teacher Maarit Korhonen, who has shaken up the school world. Other subjects are the skills of the future and how school trains children for them, digital learning and the global citizenship.

Talking about the themes, there will be people including the mathematics teacher and innovative reformer of teaching methods Pekka Peura, the writer Sonja Ängeslevä, who is a person of influence in the technology field and has received the President’s Internationalization Award and Maarit Rossi, who has been voted one of the world’s ten best teachers, as well as Tina Aspiala, who spent her childhood on a sailing boat, the philosopher Lauri Järvilehto and the radio personality Abdirahim Husu Hussein.

As the beginning of the event, more details will be heard about the sailing voyage of the Meretniemi family that begins in June.

It will also be possible to get to know the Swan 57 boat through virtual reality and enjoy Reino Nordin’s performance from 4 pm.

Time: Friday 20.5., from 12 noon to 5 pm

Place: Hernesaaren Ranta, Hernesaarenranta 16, Helsinki

Further information:

You are warmly welcomed to come along!

To sign up for the event, please click this link:

The program:

12.00 The doors open to the media; an opportunity for interviews

12.30 The opening of the event

12.40 Sail for Good – a six-year sailing voyage around the world, Riikka and Tuomo Meretniemi

12.50 The skills of the future for which school must train children. Discussing the topic are the entrepreneur and start-up coach Christina Forsgård, the mathematics teacher Pekka Peura, the consultant and politician Matti Parpala and the teacher Annemari Kuusimäki

13.20 Intermission

13.30 Individual learning. The panelists are Professor Kirsti Lonka, Head of Education Liisa Pohjolainen, Doctor of Educational Science Topi Litmanen and the classroom teacher Maarit Korhonen

14.00 Digital learning. Discussing the topic are the writer and learning game entrepreneur Lauri Järvilehto, the mathematics teacher Maarit Rossi, person of influence in the technology field and writer Sonja Ängeslevä and the Programme Director of Partners in Learning, Marianne Halonen.

14.30 Intermission

14.40 Global citizenship. The panelists are the radio personality Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who has received the Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Expression award, Tina Aspiala, who spent her childhood on a sailing boat, basic education Business Director Mika Perttola, and the export trade expert and Sail for Good Project Manager Pertti Jalasvirta.

15.10 The decisive role of co-operative partners in the Sail for Good project – from the ego system to the ecosystem.

16.00 Reino Nordin’s performance

17.00The event closes

The co-operative partners of the project are Lenovo, Claned, Microsoft, Lekolar, Education Export Finland, Sanoma Pro, 3 Step IT, City of Helsinki, Petra´s Planet, Rockway, NatureGate and Keuda.

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