The key purpose of LIFE2019 is to see in person how learning takes place in Finnish kindergartens and schools by shadowing Finnish teachers. You can choose the age range to ensure it is tailored to your needs. If you want to know more about pre-primary education, note that in Finland it normally takes place in kindergartens. Here are the age ranges for each visit:

Kindergarten (age 0–6)
Primary school (age 7–12)
Secondary school (age 13–15)
High School/Vocational college (age 16–18)

During the shadowing, you will observe teachers and children in their activities, and ask them about their daily teaching practices. After the last visit, there is a short group session to discuss and share your experiences with the staff from the visited unit and with your colleagues. This session will offer you with a great opportunity to share and elicit ideas inspired by the school visits.

LIFE2019 offers interesting expert presentations focusing on different aspects of Finnish education system. In addition to general presentations, you may participate in an optional workshop about Playful Learning organized by the University of Lapland.

Tentative program for LIFE2019 – Please note that changes are possible.

Tue 19th
16:00 – 17:30 Registration (coffee available)
17:30 – 18:00 Opening LIFE2019
18:00 – 19:30 Kristiina Volmari: Key points to understand the Finnish perspective of education
19:30 – 20:00 Marjaana Kangas: Playful learning in theory and practice 
20:30 – 21:30 City Council Reception and light dinner

Wed 20th
09:00 – 12:30 Kindergarten/School visits (incl. lunch)
13:00 – 13:45 Aulis Pitkälä: Ensuring the Quality of Education -how is it done at local level
13:45 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 14:45 Eeva Penttilä: High quality education for every child -Special Support and Education in Finnish 
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 Markus Humaloja: Equity in future society - Learning skills with Flipped Learning
18:00 – 21:00 Optional Winter activity (Snowmobile drive to reindeer farm)

Thu 21st
09:00 – 12:30 Kindergarten/School visits (incl. lunch)
13:00 – 14:15 Leena Heinilä: Culture-Sensitive Approach in Finnish Education: Who am I and where do I come from – a joy of sharing and learning together
14:15 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:45 Sari Kontra: Active learning in Finnish schools - physical activity contributing pupils' schoolwork
20:00 – 24:00 Optional Winter activity (Aurora Borealis Adventure)

Fri 22nd
09:00 – 12:30 Kindergarten/School visits (incl. lunch)
12:30 – 13:30 Wrap-up -session at schools
14:30 – 17:30 Optional Workshop: Playful learning Adventure
19:00 – 21:00 Farewell Dinner with a visit from Santa

Sat 23rd 
Time to explore Lapland, optional Winter activities:
12:45 – 15:15 Husky Safari
19:30 – 21:00 Ice Restaurant Dinner Experience

IMPORTANT! If there are differences between the brochure and the website, you can count on the website as it has updated information.