Finnish Basic Education
This introductory course offers you a chance to learn about the essential pedagogical, societal and cultural factors ‘in’ and ‘behind’ the Finnish school system. During the self-study you can write or record your own thoughts or just read and listen.
Mr. Simo Pokki is the founder of VisitEDUfinn Ltd. He has made a long career as an education consultant and has owned his own company since 1995. He is a kindergarten teacher and has also worked as the head of a public kindergarten in the 1990´s. Simo was in local politics for 20 years, working most of the time as Chairman of the board of education in Vantaa, one of the largest cities in Finland. He knows the Finnish education system well and has close networks in Finland. He established VisitEDUfinn Ltd. 2016 with four partners. He has also been a popular speaker and trainer for more than two decades.
Suvi Krista Westling is an educational psychologist, who has a broad and holistic view of education and a deep understanding of the human mind and learning. She has graduated from and later taught new students in an innovative program of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching has included lecturing, supervising pre-service-teachers’ practice, and facilitating group processes and process-oriented group studies. In her research she studies the quality of regulation of students’ learning and activity both at school and at teacher education. She has worked as an expert in educational program design at an academic level as well as in the world of international organizations.
Suvi has also gained grassroots experience of working with children and teenagers while working as a classroom teacher, youth worker and camp supervisor in various places at earlier phases of her life. She has developed an international mindset and understanding of different cultures by participating and working in different international communities and networks, living and studying in Latin America (Chile), travelling and having friends around the world.