Reinventing Education & Ensuring Future Skills: Edtech Solutions from Finland

Reinventing Education & Ensuring Future Skills: Edtech Solutions from Finland

The Embassies of Finland in London and Dublin invite you to explore the future of education and to hear from experts from Finland, the UK and Ireland, including  Innovation Value Institute, Finnish National Agency for Education and the University of Helsinki, who will pose and answer questions on why and how primary education should adapt its digital education model for the future.

  • What have we learned from schools being forced into remote learning due to COVID-19?
  • How should primary education prepare children for the future, when no one knows for certain what kind of skills will be needed?
  • How can we ensure the inclusiveness and equality of digital education?

All educational systems are looking for ways to adjust to a world where technology, society and the nature of work are changing ever more rapidly. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated this development by pushing European countries to assess their digital needs.

Finnish education is world famous with Finland continuously claiming top spot in international comparisons, Finland’s universities are considered the highest performing in the world (Universitas 21, 2020) and Finland is the fourth-best performing country in human capital potential, according to the World Bank Human Capital Index 2019.

It comes as no surprise therefore that the transition to and delivery of remote learning in Finnish schools and educational institutions was deemed successful. Finnish edtech companies will share how they helped educators and students while schools were closed and will showcase their solutions to this increased demand for digital learning solutions.

This event is organised in collaboration with Business Finland, Education Finland and the Finnish Institute in London.

We hope to see you there! Please register here.

Our speakers include:

Marjaana Sall  is Ambassador for Education at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland since September 2019. She has extensive experience in Africa having served 12 years at diplomatic positions in Africa. Before taking up the position of Ambassador for Education, she served as the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and to the Republic of Seychelles.

Michael Hanley is the Head of Education & Knowledge Services at Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University, Ireland and a visiting scholar at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is an expert on digital transformation and technology-enabled learning as a path to unlocking peoples’ abilities. 

Laura McInerney is an education journalist, former teacher and renowned keynote speaker. She has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer and the New Statesman. She has also co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey app for teachers.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen is the Director General at Finnish National Agency for Education. He has influenced Finnish education sphere for years as the Minister of Education among other roles. He is known as a frequent keynote speaker on digitalisation of education at international conferences.

Katariina Salmela-Aro works as a Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki, specializing in combining education and psychology. She is also the Finnish Head of Youth Skills, a Europe-wide programme focusing on what kinds of skills are needed among children and youth so that the long-term positive impact of the digital environment can be maximised.

Finnish edtech companies:

  • QRiDi, Jenna Silveri and Markus Packalen, Experts in Learning and Assessment. QRiDi is a digital pedagogical tool that turns learning from passive to active and supports personal growth.
  • Code School Finland, Kaisu Pallaskallio, CEO. Code School Finland helps educators to implement coding, robotics and AI into the curriculum.
  • Kide Science, Sari Hurme-Mehtälä, CEO. Kide Science provides playful online science lessons for young children to improve scientific thinking, which predicts better learning outcomes later in school.

Please register here.


Tuesday 26 January 2021

10:00-10:05: Introduction: Press Counsellor Heli Suominen

10:05-10:15: Welcoming words, Ambassador of Education Marjaana Sall

10:15-10:55: Reinventing Education after the Pandemic: How to Ensure Future Skills for all?

  • Michael Hanley, Head of Education, Innovation Value Institute
  • Laura McInerney, Education Journalist and Founder of Teacher Tapp
  • Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
  • Katariina Salmela-Aro, Professor, Department of Education, University of Helsinki

10:55-11:10: Finnish EdTech Solutions, Company introductions

  • QRidi
  • Code School Finland
  • Kide Science

11:10-11:25: Q&A

11:25-11:30: Final words, Press Counsellor Heli Suominen