City of Helsinki
Improving Education in Helsinki
Organised together with the City of Helsinki, we have identified 10 innovative approaches with a goal of improving education in every school of the city. In Helsinki, the focus has been on utilising the experimental culture as part of the development of education division. Learning doesn’t happen only in classrooms when the whole city of Helsinki is seen as a learning environment. In recent years, Helsinki has also invested in the digitalisation of institutions, development of expert teachers network and early language learning.
Why Forerunner Helsinki?
At all levels of education in Helsinki, emphasis is placed on transversal competences and learning. Transversal competence is a holistic way of understanding individual learning which is conducive to humanity, through knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. This is reflected in the national core curriculums at all levels, which aim to create a unique learning path for each learner. In practice, this means implementing comprehensive learning and crossovers between school subjects. Learning takes place across subject boundaries and learners are involved in the planning and assessment of their own learning.
The future for Forerunner
Our goal is that these 10 “city-wide innovations” are useful and easily implemented in other cities of the world. As a result, we want to create a network of innovative education forerunners who can share innovative practices with each other. We envision a sharing of best innovations between countries, states, cities or school networks that have a mission to help every child flourish.