Pre-Summit Programme


The 2019 Summit offers a series of optional Pre-Summit events. Please find here the program of the Pre-Summit events on 13 March 2019.


Wednesday 13th of March 2019

Time: 08:00-19:00

Registration desk open, Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Time: 9:00

Departure from Crowne Plaza Hotel to schools

Bus transport organized by the host

Note for participants: each school visit will have a separately dedicated bus.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Time: 9:30-11:45

School Visit (6 options, choose 1). Registration in advance is requested

1. Early childhood education and care (age group 0-6)

Kilo day care centre and school
Adress: Aspelinintie 3 D, 02630 Espoo

Kilo day care centre and learning centre provides early childhood education for families in Kilo neighborhood. Some of the day care places are intended for children from all over the city who are physically challenged or have speech disorders.

In Finland, all under school-aged children have a right to early childhood education and care. The objective is to support children’s development and learning. During this visit you get to familiarize yourself with Finnish education of young children in pre-primary education and early childhood education and care.

Five groups with 1-6 year-olds attend the day care centre and pre-school. The services are organized according to the needs of and in collaboration with the families. The early childhood and pre-primary education curriculas are the basis of all activities of the day care centre.

Kilo school is a primary school with 450 pupils. In addition to general education, the school also offers special needs education.


2.Good practices of inclusion and special needs education

Merilahti Comprehensive School, Kalvikinniementie unit, Lower and Upper Stages,
Kallahti School (age group 7-15)
Address: Kallahdenraitti 1, Helsinki

Merilahti school is a comprehensive school, in 1992 and expanded in 2002. There are over 500 pupils, half of which are on lower stages and the other half on upper stages.

Over 55 % of the pupils have a background in immigration.

In Finland, special needs education is generally provided in conjunction with mainstream education. If a pupil cannot be taught in a regular teaching group, he/she must be admitted to special needs education (provided at regular schools wherever possible). Merilahti school has three special needs classes. Moreover, there are pupils with special support who have been integrated into general education.

Merilahti school is situated in a beautiful area and surrounded by excellent sports facilities in the eastern part of Helsinki (Vuosaari), with nearly 40 000 inhabitants. Merilahti school receives positive discrimination funds for reducing the sizes of classes, for organizing simultaneous teaching and for preventing pupils from dropping out of school.

3.Digitalization in practice

Kasavuori school, comprehensive school (classes 7-9)  (unfortunately only in Finnish)
Address: Kasavuorentie 1, Kauniainen

One of the governments key projects as about promoting new learning environments and digitalization in schools. With right content, tools and services learning can become more fun, improve motivation and individualize support for different learners to achieve to achieve the learning objectives. New technologies serve learning only when used in a pedagogically meaningful way.

This visit will provide the opportunity to learn how digitalization and ICT innovations are being implemented in Finland to support teaching and learning.


4.Teacher Training School

Viikki Teacher Training School of the University of Helsinki
Address: Kevätkatu 2, Helsinki

Viikki Teacher Training School of Helsinki University is one of the oldest schools in Finland. Since 1924 it has also been training future teachers, since 1974 as part of the teacher training unit of the University of Helsinki. The school consists of the 10-year comprehensive school (ages 6 to 15) and the upper secondary school (ages 16 to 18). Pupils (ca 940), teachers (ca 100) and teacher trainees (ca 250) from the pre-school level to the upper secondary school level now operate in the same school building.

The educational philosophy of the school is to teach its students the skills and knowledge needed in the future. Traditions are respected and observed, but the school also emphasizes the importance of experimentation and research in a natural school context. Consequently, together with the National Agency of Education and other development organizations, the school participates in many local, national and international projects. The School strives to take sustainable development into account across its operations. The upper secondary school was the first the Helsinki Metropolitan Area to receive an environment certificate (2008) and since then has received many more.

5. Inspiring science education (so-called LUMA) activities for children, youth and families, and support for science teachers

University of Helsinki Science Education Centre
Address: A.I. Virtasen aukio 1, Helsinki (Campus Kumpula)

Through non-formal multidisciplinary science education for children, young people and families, the University of Helsinki Science Education Centre – in collaboration with national and international organizations – researches and develops new pedagogical solutions and educates both future and current teachers for their use in all types of education. The activities of the Centre are based on the latest research in the field as well as on the internationally acclaimed integrated models of basic teacher education, which have been researched and developed since 2003.

The 'Science Labs' (or so-called LUMA Labs) work as inspirational and authentic learning environments for children and young people. The science labs enable many activities, which are unfeasible in typical kindergartens, comprehensive schools and high schools.

The Centre belongs to the national LUMA Centre Finland network that strengthens and promotes the collaboration of the regional Science Education (LUMA) Centres within Finnish universities on national and international level.


6.In Finland, vocational education and training (VET) is an attracted option, not a “second choice”

Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region
Address: Kirkkokatu 16A-B, Espoo

In Finland, almost half of those who finish their education choose VET. VET covers all sections of working life and provides students with strong vocational competences. During this school visit, you get to familiarize with Finnish vocational education at a multisector education and regional development center Omnia.

Omnia is a forerunner, offering a wide range of services and innovative learning environments with focus on supporting lifelong learning: vocational upper secondary education and training, apprenticeship training, general upper secondary education, workshops and liberal adult education, as well as corporate training and professional courses. One of the strategic priorities is to use education as a mean to fight against social exclusion and to prevent discrimination. Omnia promotes social inclusion and critical thinking as well as social and cultural diversity. Omnia has over 30.000 students covering studies from vocational qualifications to attending the liberal adult education courses. Omnia participates strongly in the regions’ services for business and commerce. Internationally, Omnia specialises in capacity building projects within the K-12 and vocational education and training sectors as well as mobility.

Time: 11:00

Lunch at the Schools


Time: 11:45

Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel


Time: 12:30-14:00

What’s cooking? Recent developments in the Finnish education system and policy

Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director-General, Finnish Agency for Education

As a reflection meeting after the school visits, this event provides the opportunity to discuss about the general features of the Finnish education system, policy, as well as recent reforms at all levels, including in teacher education.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Meeting Room “Lumo”, 1st floor

Time: 19:00 - 22:30

Evening program for Ministers

For Ministers: Departure from Crowne Plaza Hotel at 19:00

Bus transport organized by the host


Dinner for Ministers at the Amos Rex Museum
Mannerheimintie 22-24

Opportunity to visit the exhibition “Magritte - Life Line” by the Belgian surrealist famed for his pipe and bowler hat, René Magritte (1898–1967).


Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel

Bus transport organized by the host

Amos Rex Museum

Time: 14:45 - 20:00

Evening program for teacher union participants (EI affiliates)

For teacher union participants: Departure from Crowne Plaza Hotel at 14:45

Bus transport organized by the host

15:15 -17:00

ISTP briefing by Education International

Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ)
“Valopiha”, Kellosilta 7

ISTP participants from teacher unions are invited by the Education International to ISTP briefing meeting with information on the programme and the main topics of the Summit.

17:30 -20:00

Dinner for teacher union participants (EI affiliates)
Hosted by the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ)
“Valopiha”, Kellosilta 7


Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel
Bus transport organized by the host


OAJ Valopiha