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Finnish PopUp School

Numerous sporting events take place around the world each year and often the children of athletes and event employees are absent from school during competition time. Finnish PopUp School is a concept from Finland that builds temporary schools at sporting events for these children. To begin with, the schools will be taught by Finnish teachers, however, the main objective of Finnish PopUp School is multiculturalism. This concept has been trialed in France prior to HundrED at the Montpellier Basketball European Championships. HundrED will take it further - all the way to The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the Fall of 2016. In the Fall of 2017, Finnish PopUp School will, again, take place at the Basketball European Championships.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

The concept is currently being introduced to potential partners. In May we will choose the teachers that will teach at the school set up in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games. After this they will meet to plan everything together. In addition to this, May will be the month in which we begin our international communications with the Finnish Olympic Committee and hopefully a communications agreement with The Brazilian Olympic Committee.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

This is a new experiment.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

The goal of the experiment is to build a unique concept in which we holistically make use of Finnish educational methods and take them further by bringing them to all major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games or the European Championships. The concept is meant to promote international interaction amongst students by integrating sports and education. Within the next four years we aim to sell the concept to the International Olympic Committee and gain Solidarity status to make Finnish education a meaningful and integral part of the Olympic program.

Contact Information

Organization: Kisakallio, Finnish Basketball Association

School(s): Will be announced later.

Contact person: Harri Hollo

Kisakallio Finland
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