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). pre-registration from this link!

SESSION 2/2020 21.7-25.7. 2020 (420 €) FREE PLACES!

SESSION 1/2021 20.1.-24.1. 2021 (420 €) FREE PLACES!

SESSION 1/2022 20.6.-24.6. 2022, FREE PLACES!

SESSION 2/2022 08.10.-12.10. 2022, FREE PLACES!


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 2018) and one of the bests in a world.

Latest PISA tests were made in 2018 and main results were published 3rd December 2019.

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 2020 420 €/participant. Course fee includes education, certificates, trips, transportation (if needed) during course week, coffee/tea breaks and one cultural evening with dinner. New EU programme season can cause some changes with course rates for 2021-2022.

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

ACCOMODATION SUGGESTION IN JULY 2020: Accomodation rate in July 2020 in our cooperation hotel, Sokos hotel Kimmel Joensuu is: Economy room rates: Single economy 72€/night/room, Double economy room 82€/night/room. Standard room rates: single room 90€/room/night, double room 100€/room/night.

Standard room is little bit bigger than economy room, not a big difference.

Room reservations and payments from www.sokoshotels.com portal . Use reservation code BEDUKARJALA20 for July 2020. Standard room is little bit bigger than economy room. Code works also one night before and one night after course.

All room rates include big 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 has a bus stop next to it.

You will pay accomodation to Sokos hotel system, not to eduKarjala. We help you every way :-).

Of course you are free to choose other kind of accomodation (hostels, other hotels or airbnb) if you want. Near course place you can find example ISLO hostel, rooms are with small kitchen. Also hotel Green star is popular, www.greenstar.fi

Erasmus+ KA1 possibilities:

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 5th 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.).