Every pupil is important – special education in Finland and in Europe!

(sessions are identical, choose your session) Pre-book your place from this link!

SESSION 1/2020 12.-16.4 2020 (COURSE FEE 480 €), CONFIRMED, STILL FREE PLACES!(30€ DISCOUNT IF YOUR GROUP IS 5 OR MORE)

SESSION 2/2020 3.-7.10. 2020 (COURSE FEE 480 €), CONFIRMED! STILL FREE PLACES!(30€ DISCOUNT IF YOUR GROUP IS 5 OR MORE)

SESSION 1/2021 17.-21.4. 2021 (COURSE FEE 480 €), FREE PLACES! (30€ DISCOUNT IF YOUR GROUP IS 5 OR MORE)

special.jpgFinland is the country with high level inclusive education in classrooms. In this country of ice and snow, aurora borealis and midnight sun, co-operation with school, health care experts and families is in very high level.

Every pupil is important in Finland and there about 99,9 % of pupils will get the certificate of basic education, so dropout rate is nearly zero!

Primary and subject teachers work together with other support staff (psykologists, kurators, assistants, families, medical persons, etc.). With help of this safety network we help everyone to be part of society later. Also disadvantage pupil have a right to learn and get a good future!

Course aims:

Aims are to find out how special education, specially inclusion works in Finland and in other participant countries. Aim is also to see how this works in Finnish schools and what kind of support systems and pedagogical ways are used.

On aim is to change knowledge among participants and participant countries and develop professional educational English language of participants. Important aim is also understand how Finnish education system works for all children, not just with the most talented ones.

During this course participants will learn how to work in classroom with special needs children. Example how to help children with dyslexia to get good learning outcomes in normal classroom. So, during this course normal teachers/ special teachers will learn new thing to help children to learn more.

Thematic field of the training:

* education system

* inclusion in classrooms

* disadvantages

* dyslexia

* special education in primary and secondary level

* early support

* how to use assistants in classrooms

* dropouts

* normal teacher - special teacher co-operation

Education sector of the training participants:

- preprimary, primary, general secondary, upper secondary, vocational, support persons, special training centers

Target audience: normal teachers, headteachers/principles, teacher-trainers, Councilors/elected members, special teachers, vocational teachers

Languages used for the training: English

Place: Joensuu, Finland (can be reached from Helsinki by airplane, train or by buss)

Course fee: Course fee must fully paid no later than four weeks before the start of the course or with later instructions. Course fee includes education, trips and visits, transportation during course week (if needed), coffee/tea breaks, certificates, one cultural evening with dinner.


Course fee is valid for EU programme season 2014-2020, and for final registrations made latest in end of March 2021. Programme season 2021-2027 course fees we let you know later.

Erasmus+ possibilities: It may be possible to obtain a European Union Erasmus+ grant (K1, learning mobillity of individuals) to cover course fee, travelling and accomodation costs! The next closing date for Erasmus+ applications is 5th February 2020 12:00 CET (education starting earliest June 2020), and teachers will need the application of their headteacher in doing this.

Accomodation possibility 2020:

APRIL 2020: Accomodation rate in April 2020 in our cooperation hotel, Sokos hotel Kimmel is: Economy room rates: Single economy 75€/night/room, Double economy room 85€/night/room. Standard room rates: single room 90€/room/night, double room 100€/room/night.

Room reservations and payments from www.sokoshotels.com portal . Use reservation code BEDUKARJALA2020. Standard room is little bit bigger than economy room.

OCTOBER 2020: Accomodation rate in October 2020 in our cooperation hotel, Sokos hotel Kimmel is: Economy room rates: Single economy 86€/night/room, Double economy room 96€/night/room. Standard room rates: single room 103€/room/night, double room 113€/room/night. Standard room is little bit bigger than economy room.

Room reservations and payments from www.sokoshotels.com portal . Use reservation code EDU201002 for October 2020.

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 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

More information about process is available from your national agency. So, you can pre-book your place from this link before making application to Erasmus+ office and when you get positive decision let us now if you are really coming.

Draft programme of the training activities (day by day):

The programme has an experimential approach. A lot of visits to schools and talking with staff and teachers and head teachers. In July sessions school visits are not possible.

Every pupil is important – special education in Finland:

Day nro 1: (starting 10.00 AM)

- Welcome to Joensuu. Finnish education system, education in Joensuu. Joensuu as a city of education. Finland as a country and its results in PISA. Presentations of participants. Finnish special education system overview.

Day nro 2:

- Lessons and workshops about special support and inclusion in education.Dyslexia and how to help them. Evening learning session about lake Saimaa, sauna and Finnish culture.

Day nro 3:

- Day in Finnish school with Finnish teachers and pupils and discussion about inclusion in education.

Day nro 4:

- Outdoor education event in KOLI natural park.

Day nro 5:

- School psychologists in Finnish education system, conclusions of the course, last presentations, certificates and feedback.

(Officially course is over 1.00 PM)