Saga Arola

Saga Arola

Helsinki, Finland

An educational expert and an English teacher who's passionate about helping children realise their worth and value in this overly critical and competitive world of ours.

I'm a multilingual multipod who was born and raised in Finland, and as such I believe in the deep-rooted values of Finnish education such as seeing children as individuals and guiding them to success through happiness and holistic learning. I love learning about new languages and cultures, and I love all things artistic: writing, theatre, music and dance (I'd say drawing as well but I can't draw to save my life, so). I get easily excited and have a hard time saying no, but I'm a work in progress and I'm okay with making the pursuit of that happy medium a life-long journey.

In my opinion, communication is an integral part of creating a better, more inclusive and more understanding world, and language is the main tool with which we communicate. That is why I advocate for language education so strongly, and it is my firm belief that educational innovations can make language education accessible and suitable for all regardless of age or place.

I believe in positive reinforcement and know the impact of mental health in learning, but I also know that taking these things into consideration is not always easy in practice. Here, too, I see the benefit of educational innovations as supporting teachers and students.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I hope to connect with like-minded people and to discover innovations that can help teach future generations how to abandon the rat race and to focus on what truly matters: learning for you and for your future so that you can live a fulfilled life and help others in turn.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education can show students what is possible, but it can also encourage them to imagine  and innovate the things previously thought impossible. It can help students figure themselves and their future out by showing what has come before and the frames within which the world functions. The micro-societies of educational organizations can in the best instance show students the various ways in which people like them are succeeding in the world, and give them the assurance that they themselves can too.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation is crucial to education change. Even the best education systems should never stop evolving, because there is no end-point to getting better, especially not in our ever-changing world.