The future of the Finnish education sector is a hot topic: a total of 259 Finnish development specialists and top experts applied to be part of Sitra’s Forum for New Education, which began its work in December 2014. The standard of the applications was extremely high across the board, and they provided excellent material for planning the forum’s work.
As well as representing several sectors of society, the chosen participants champion a spectrum of viewpoints on educational development. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the participants were not selected on that basis.
“A forum’s strength has traditionally lain in the networking that can be achieved between participants from different backgrounds, and their occasionally lively debates,” explains education expert and chief forum organiser Hannele Laaksolahti.
The participants will learn from each other, formulate a vision for the future of the education sector, identify key challenges and engage in practical experiments. The forum will liaise with a broad network of other key parties involved in the development of education, with the support of a seven-member “sparring team” of education decision-makers.
The participants of the Forum for New Education set up on 11 December 2014 are as follows:
Anna-Sofia Berner, Helsingin Sanomat
Aleksej Fedotov, National Union of Vocational Students in Finland
Kirsi Harra-Vauhkonen, Sanoma Pro Ltd
Sami Honkonen, Reaktor Ltd
Jan-Markus Holm, EduCluster Finland Ltd
Mervi Jansson, Omnia
Laura Juvonen, Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation
Lauri Järvilehto, Helsinki Academy of Philosophy
Jari-Pekka Kaleva, Neogames Finland
Bob Karlsson, National Board of Education
Maarit Korhonen, City of Turku
Tapio Kujala, Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation
Kristiina Kumpulainen, University of Helsinki
Mikko Kutvonen, Design Driven City
Nina Lahtinen, Trade Union of Education in Finland
Jarkko Lahtinen, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Maisa Lehtovuori, STT-Lehtikuva
Teemu Leinonen, Aalto University
Petri Lempinen, Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees
Ulla Nord, Helsinki Deaconess Institute
Pertti Parpala, Ritaharju School
Leena Pöntynen, Town of Ylöjärvi
Immo Salo, Ivorio Ltd
Tiina Silander, University of Jyväskylä
Mika Sivula, Town of Pielavesi
Nuppu Stenros, WÄRK
Esa Suominen, Ministry of Finance
Heikki Toivanen, Partus Ltd
Anu Urpalainen, Parliament of Finland
Laura Vanhanen, Finn Church Aid
Milma Arola, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
You can read more about the Forum for New Education and follow its progress here. There will also be plenty more opportunities for getting involved in the forum’s work; watch this space!