LIFE 2017 is a unique combination of school visits, top class speakers and exotic environment.

The key purpose of this event is to see in person how learning takes place in Finnish kindergartens and schools. You can visit those educational institutions (age groups) that interest you most. If you want to know more about pre-primary education, note that it takes place normally in kindergartens. During the visits you can observe the teachers, the children, and ask them about their daily teaching practises. After each visit there is time for a group session, where you can talk with the director of that unit and reflect with your colleagues how you can use this experience to improve your daily work.

If you are interested in seeing one essential part of the teacher training in Finland, you can join the special group (max 20 participants) that visits the teacher training school in Rovaniemi. This school is part of the University of Rovaniemi and during the visit you will see how future teachers are performing in the classroom as part of their studies.

During the Friday afternoon, the University of Lapland is organizing an optional workshop for LIFE 2017 participants. This very special training session is available only for 20 persons, so early reservation is strongly advised. For more information, click here.

The preliminary program for LIFE2017 – Please note that changes are possible.

Wed 18th
17:00 – 18:00 Registration
18:00 – 19:30 Opening LIFE2017
20:00 – 21:30 City Reception

Thu 19th
9:00 – 12:30 Keynote Speakers
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Transport to education centres
14:30 – 15:30 Visiting centres
15:30 – 16:30 Coffee, snack and discussion with staff
16:30 – 17:00 Group discussions
17:00 – 18:00 Transport to hotels
19:00 – 21:00 Conference dinner

Fri 20th
9:00 – 10:00 Transport to education centres
10:00 – 11:00 Visiting centres
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch/snack and discussion with staff
12:00 – 12:30 Group discussions
12:30 – 13:30 Transport to hotels
15:00 – 18:00 Workshop (optional)
15:00 – Winter activity program (optional)

Sat 21st
9:00 – 12: 30 Visiting Santa and his village in small groups *
12:30 Closing Life 2017 – time to explore Lapland

* It is impossible even for Santa to meet many persons at the same time. Consequently, the visits are organized in small groups, each group having approximately 30 min to meet Santa in person and then another 60 min getting to know his village and having a closer look at souvenirs and giftware options.