PISA - SECRETS OF Finnish and European education systems!


Place: Joensuu, Finland

Working language: English


Sessions, (they are similar, you can choose best suitable for you). Make pre-registration from this link!

session 1/2019 19.1-23.1 2019 (480 €) FREE PLACES! (30€ discount/participant, if your group is 5 or more)

SESSION 2/2019 16.7-20.7 2019 (480 €) FREE PLACES!
(30€ discount/participant if your group is 5 or more)

Session 1/2020 1.2.-5.2 2020 (480 €) FREE PLACES! (30 € discount/participant if your group is 5 or more


Confirmed= There are minimum 12 final registrations already. Normally coming summer/winter sessions are confirmed latest after KA1 results come in May.

PISA WEEK IN FINLAND - aims and outcomes:

Very popular course in education wonderland FINLAND!!!

PISA tests are made in every OECD countries and some others about their level in education, specially in mathematics, natural science and mother tongue. Results of Finland has been in top of the world many years and it is still the second best country in Europe (Estonia is number 1 in Europe 2016) and one of the bests in a world.

Latest PISA tests were made in 2015 and main results were published 6th December 2016.

During eduKarjala PISA week you will learn how Finnish education system works and we will also compare and find the best sides of other European and Asian educations systems, including your own.

After training week participants will know about Finnish and European education systems, teacher training, special support, curriculum and school buildings and co-operation with parents and stake holders.

Participants can also develope their professional English level and learn about other European educations systems. They will also get new teacher collegues from all over the Europe and they can start thinking example a new project together.

Themes of education week:

- PISA and OECD - Can we trust this survay?

- Comparing education systems of participants

- Finnish education system - why one of the bests in PISA in Europe year after year? Case South Korea and Singapore as examples

- Curriculum and teacher training in Finland and in participant countries

- Teaching special needs children

- Pedagogy of gifted children

- How to avoid dropouts in schools

- School buildings and school organizations in participant countries and in Finland

- Culture and learning environments in a future schools

- Learning motivating methods of new generation

Course fee in 2018, 2019 and 2020 480 €/participant. Course fee includes education, certificates, trips, transportation (if needed) during course week, coffee/tea breaks and one cultural evening with dinner.

Course fee must be paid four weeks before course to bank account or with later instructions.

Accomodation: Accomodation rates in summer 2018 in our cooperation hotel, Sokos hotel Kimmel: Single economy room 69€/night, double room 84€/night and double room with extra bed 109€/night. Also standard and superior rooms are possible with extra fee (ask for it).

All room rates include buffet breakfast, free wifi and sauna with swimming pool. Kimmel hotel locates opposite to main railway and bus stations in Joensuu and also busses to Joensuu airport leave next to it. If you choose this hotel, we take care of your room reservation.

Of course you are free to choose other kind of accomodation (hostels, other hotels or airbnb) if you want. 2019 and 2020 room rates we let you know later.

Erasmus+ KA1

It may be possible to obtain a European Union Erasmus+ (formerly Comenius) grant (K1, learning mobillity of individuals) to cover course fee, travelling and accomodation costs!

Next closing date for Erasmus+ applications is in February 2019 (education starting earliest June 2019), and teachers will need the application of their headteacher in doing this.

More information is available from our website and from your national Erasmus+ agency. So, you can book your place before making application to Erasmus+ and when you get decision let us now if you are really coming. If you have other financial sources, you are also welcome!

This course is very popular! Show your interest making a pre-registration from this link!

Schedule of five days: (can change, depending also about the season and group size)


1st day (10:00 AM-)

Let's get together Europe! Guided walk to course place from hotel (if course is not in hotel). Getting to know each others, course providers and city of Joensuu and Finland. Finnish education system. Participant presentations of their own school systems.

2nd day

Workshops about Finnish curriculum, teacher training, mathematic pedagogy. Every pupil is important - special support in Finland.

3rd day

Deeper with PISA. General results and tests used by OECD. Conversations and group analysing about level of education. Gifted children, meaning of good counceling.

4th day

Trip to countryside and KOLI national park. Finnish nature and culture and their meaning for education.

Evening: Finnish cultural evening with dinner and drinks

5th day (09:00-13:00)

Future of Education. What kind of education do we need in Europe in a future? Skills or knowledge? Closing ceremonies and certificates. ( official part is over about 13:00 o'clock.).