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The World's Largest Parents' Evening

Parents play a significant role in the evolution of schools. The World’s Biggest Parents' Night is a nation-wide event that will be organised in all Finnish schools at the exact same time to discuss the challenges of school reform and present exciting ideas from Finland and around the world. The aim of the event is to inspire Finnish parents to participate in education reform efforts. The project is intended to become an annual event.

What is the idea of the experiment?

The goal is to organise a parent - teacher evening at every school in Finland at exactly the same time. The idea of the event is to inspire and educate parents on the changes taking place in schools, why these changes are necessary, as well as to give examples of brilliant things already happening in schools, both in Finland and globally.

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

As far as we are concerned, this is the first time anywhere in the world that something like this is being trialed.

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

The event will be arranged for either the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. To support the experiment, an extensive amount of informative content will be collected. Communication before and after the event will also play a crucial role in the experience.

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

Parents have a significant role in developing schools. Therefore, it is essential that parents’ understanding of the current state of affairs in schools be based on what is accurate, rather than on memories from their own formal education.

Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED?

The World’s Largest Parents' Evening will be a culmination of HundrED's 100 experiments over the next year. It will be used as a platform for sharing our findings across Finland.

Contact Information

Organization: HundrED, Finnish Parents' League & Ministry of Education

School(s): Will be announced later.

Contact person: Ulla Siimes (Finnish Parents' League) and Olli Vesterinen (MinEdu)

Partnership(s): Will be announced later.