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A leading institution in creative education via architecture and design for children in the world.

Arkki is a School of Creative Education for children and youth where pupils learn general innovation skills through architecture. Our mission is to equip and nurture the new generation with a creative mindset and innovation skills needed into and beyond the 21st century. In 27 years, Arkki has organized thousands of courses and workshops for more than 25,000 children in more than 50 countries.

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June 2019
I have learnt skills that I can apply in all fields of life. Arkki project-based learning teaches us creative problem-solving skills.

About the innovation

Arkki program develops Innovation Skills

Arkkiprovides creative education using architecture & design as holistic real-world phenomena to integrate STEAM subjects.

Arkki empowers pupils with innovation skills through hands-on learning made fun and rewarding.

Since architecture is intrinsically interdisciplinary, creative education through architecture is an exceptional discipline to develop key competencies like the “5C´s” – complex problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Arkki program fosters design thinking and enhances the essential higher-order thinking skills needed for the future world of work. Arkki´s exceptional pedagogical concepts inspire children to learn playfully through cross-curricular, phenomenon-based, and hands-on 3D experimentation projects. Play, Create, Succeed is Arkki´s motto.

Architecture offers endless possibilities in being the big A in STEAM education and holistically intertwining science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and arts through Architecture. Arkki pedagogical program develops three dimensional and design thinking skills and evokes the imagination and creativity in children and youth.

Arkki´s creative education gives children new capacities, means, and mediums to influence the creation of our future environment, no matter what their occupation will be.

The program has been developed by Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland for 26 years and can be licensed through Arkki International. Arkki ‘s awarded program is certified by The Finnish Ministry of Education.

In addition to the long-term program, Arkki also offers workshops, camps, educational visits, social innovation projects and collaborates with international organizations.

Arkki International has received multiple awards and nominations. It was shortlisted for the prestigious WISE 2020 awards for its impactful and innovative approach to education and won the UNICEF CFCI2019 Inspire Award in the category "Meaningful Child Participation".

During COVID lockdown, Arkki wanted to do its part by launching and adapting for home use a selection of free creative Arkki@homehands-on online projects to support curiosity, creativity, and innovation. The projects are available in 8 languages and have impacted children from 43 countries.

Arkki has developed as well English Creative Classroom, a complete pedagogical program on creativity for schools to enhance 21st-century skills such as creative thinking.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Arkki provides an avenue for students not just as creators, or designers but as developers and builders. It gives students a broader perspective in practicing their creativity. Arkki has a huge potential to implements its innovative pedagogy on a global scale to help countries develop future workers and leaders with the necessary 21st century skills.

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This project gives wings to imagination and creativity helping them apply 21st century skills.

Have visited their space and they have some of the coolest workshops and engagements lined up for the kids to fuel creativity and an innovation mindset.

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Arkki Creative Education via architecture is now available in 11 countries! Starting in September 2023, Arkki´s program will be available in Budapest and the aim is to expand to other regions in the country. The first taste of Arkki was a workshop “Tailor You City" and a lecture by Meskanen/CEO at KÉK, the Center for Contemporary Architecture as part of the ArchiKids 2023 Festival in Budapest.
Arkki International received the first-ever Inspire Future Generations Award (IFG) in the category of Most Innovative Organization by Thornton Education Trust (UK) 2021. "Arkki is a world-renowned pioneer, and everyone in the field of architecture education knows the fantastic work of Arkki," says Victoria Thornton. The award recognizes best practices in the field of built environment education.
Arkki in Turkey
Future U social innovation challenge: solutions from children to children
20 years of Social Innovation programs involving children
Arkki Hut Building program. Educating in the nature for 26 years
Arkki workshops
Creative Classroom powered by Arkki
During lockdown arkki@home free projects are inspiring children from around the world to ideate the future of cities and homes.
“Children Innovate” project wins UNICEF CFCI Inspire Awards 2019
Arkki's shortlisted for the UNICEF CFCI Inspire Awards
Creating the Future III International Conference on Creative Education, Helsinki (10-11.11.2019)
Arkki Creative Education from Finland
What do pupils learn in Arkki?
My Dream Playground Workshop
Arkki hut building camp

Implementation steps

Sign NDA

Sign NDA to receive more detailed information about Arkki licensing program. After that you will receive all necessary information in detail to make plans to start Arkki programs in your own country.

Plan and Contract
First we will develop a business plan according to the questions/guidelines provided by Arkki International. We will also share a financial business plan template to facilitate the process.
Hire local Arkki Staff
In the Management manual, you will find instructions and job description templates to hire suitable staff. In Arkki concept, the facilitators are architects, with a minimum of Bachelor degree in architecture.
Prepare Pedagogical Environment

The local management team is in charge of renting suitable premises and preparing them according to Arkki pedagogical environment guidelines. Also sourcing working tools and materials shall be done prior to on-site trainings and launch.

Arkki orientatation training and self study

After signing the contract and executing preparations, we will start the trainings for the management team, facilitator team and marketing team. Self study will be done in eArkki learning platform before the Orientation training conducted in your country.

Marketing and Launch

The local management and marketing team will plan and schedule the launch with the help and guidance of Arkki International. The local team will be responsible for localising the and implementing the marketing according to the guidelines.

Opening of Arkki Center

After the big launching event, you will be ready to run the selected programs / modules / theme courses that your facilitators have been trained for.

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