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January 27, 2023 - February 4, 2023

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6th Edition of the Lapland International Forum for Education™

This teacher training course is a new way to dive deeper into the renowned Finnish education system while enjoying the unparalleled beauty of Lapland. The program reflects the collaborative learning culture promoted by our newest national curriculum. You will be shadowing Finnish teachers and daily life at local schools, interacting with invited speakers as well as with other participants from around the world, and going out for Socratic walks in the snow. 

During the event, you will learn concrete examples of how to work as co-teachers, how to group the students to work together, what kind of means there are to support students with special needs in multi-professional cooperation, and how to structure students’ collaboration. In LIFE2023, we will also establish our own learning culture together and thus experience what it means in practice.  Preparing our students for the unpredictable future is our common challenge. In Finland, we believe that a collaborative learning culture with a safe and warm atmosphere is the best way to enhance students’ 21st-century skills.

This sixth Lapland International Forum for Education™ is organized in collaboration with VisitEDUfinn, creator of LIFE event, University of Lapland, and Visit Rovaniemi. Welcome to Rovaniemi to experience education in the Finnish way!


This unique training program – chosen in 2019 as one of the winners in the Authentic Finnish Educational Travel Product contest – offers an exclusive opportunity to visit Finnish kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and the University of Lapland‘s Teacher Training School. In addition to school visits, lectures, and workshops, you can participate in social programs, such as the city of Rovaniemi reception and farewell dinner. 

The essential part of LIFE2023 takes place right near the Arctic Circle in the city of Rovaniemi, also known as the official hometown of Santa Claus. During the event, you have an opportunity to meet him in person and participate in many other exciting and unique winter adventures. The main venue is Scandic Pohjanhovi, and you can stay the last night of the event in a Showhotel or Glass igloo watching the Northern Lights.

In addition to the main event in Rovaniemi, you can extend the visit from the beginning and end: Start the journey in our capital city Helsinki (January 27-28) by listening the top Finnish education experts at Educa fair, the largest event for Finland’s education and training sector. In 2020, Educa gathered together over 20 000 educators from Finland and abroad. If Educa and LIFE2023 still leave you hungry for more, don’t worry. On February 3, we organize an optional extra day in the city of Kemi, where you can discover more in detail the special education in Finland and visit the largest snow castle in the world. 

If you took part in the previous LIFE2022,  LIFE2020, LIFE2019, LIFE2018, or LIFE2017 events, we warmly welcome you to join us again. Based on your feedback, we have added more days, more interaction with other participants, and made other changes so that the overall experience will be better than ever. 

There is space for only 80 participants, so book now to secure your spot!

"This visit is part of our efforts to learn from the best in the world when it comes to education"

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, Wales

"So grateful the conference was so well planned and organized. Would highly recommend to others."

Jessica Cowan, School counselor, USA


Below are some authentic pictures of Northern Lights taken by LIFE2020 participants.

Dawson science teacher Ms. D cannot wait to teach her students all about the Northern Lights! Ms. D, along with Ms. Musgrave, Ms. McNamara and Ms. Jacobsen, spent the week at Visitedufinn Ltd. LIFE2020 Conference and had the unique opportunity to learn from the famous Finnish education. They got to see how everyday life works in Finnish schools, visit with local teachers and students, and listen to the top Finnish education experts. Dawson is a true learning community and professional development is a big priority for faculty and staff. We cannot wait to learn more from our Finland Four! #DawsonDifference

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