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January 21, 2018

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The trip to Finland from 1st to 5th October was an amazing experience. The group of over 35 delegates from India visited the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Helsinki and got to explore the ‘Finnish phenomenon in education and school leadership’- what lies behind the success of education in Finland.

We also got to visit three schools and understand their academic as well as administrative practices. My takeaway from the trip ( besides the camaraderie and networking among the team) is the evident passion among the teaching fraternity, research based learning , the culture of trust, phenomenon based (multidisciplinary) learning, involvement of community in education and a curriculum focussed on building skills and values.

A good learning experience with practices that can be adapted to the framework of our schools.

–Durga Chandrasekar
Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Chennai

The key to the phenomenal success of Finnish Education is Mother Tongue as the medium of instruction which easily allows self learning and critical thinking. Traditional occupational Skills and Home Studies are an integral part of the curriculum which builds Self Management Skill. Teaching is the one of the most cherished, respected and highly remunerative professions. A strong Teachers’ Union makes the Teaching Fraternity very powerful. High quality of education is the top priority of the government. Education is free at all levels. Best infrastructural and latest learning resources are sponsored by the government. The student teacher ratio is small supporting ILPs. Schools ensure stress free experiential learning promoting high happiness quotient for its learners. Indian Education System works in a totally different environment allowing a limited integration of best practices.

–Harish Luharuka
Director Academics , Universal Group of Schools, Mumbai

The thought of Finland Experience brings a twinkle in my eyes. I cherish it. What impressed me most was the Finnish trust for each other and the tremendous love for their country. I felt patriotism is in their blood not merely in their books. That’s the secret of their success in their educational system. In a small country I found magnanimous thoughts in their minds. They think beyond the horizon. I salute their passion. This trip has certainly enhanced and enriched me. Thanks a million to all the organizers.

–Fr Lawrence Tharsious
Principal, St Mary’s Academy, Saharanpur

Finland’s system of education is the best in the world. Why? I say their education prepare kids for life. They focus on skill development along with academics. The core values that the finish system of education is based on is trust. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions. Finland’s schools are publicly funded. The people in the government agencies running them, from national officials to local authorities, are educators, not business people, military leaders or career politicians. Every school has the same national goals and draws from the same pool of university-trained educators. The result is that a Finnish child has a good shot at getting the same quality education no matter whether he or she lives in a rural village or a university town. The differences between weakest and strongest students are the smallest in the world. Equality is the most important word in Finnish education.

Teachers from all over the nation contribute to a national curriculum that provides guidelines, not prescriptions. Besides Finnish and Swedish (the country’s second official language), children learn a third language (English is a favourite) usually beginning at age 9. Resources are distributed equally. Helsinki is the Most Honest City in the World as per the studies conducted by Readers Digest. They produce best and honest citizens because of their quality education.

–Fr Mathew Anthony
Principal, K E Carmel Central School

An Exotic Educational Trip to Finland

A wonderful educational trip to Finland was organized by the S CHAND Group in the month of October 2017. It was a delightful programme held for 6 days. I opine that the trip seemed propitious with a team of 35 esteemly lettered people.
The aim of the visit was to explore the Finnish Phenomena in education and school leadership, to gain insight into the Finnish education system. The visit was escorted by a staff member of the Centre for Continuing Education.
I am deeply thankful to my distinguished management who made it possible to have a first hand experience of Finland and to learn amazing facts about the Finnish educational system.

To conclude
Being educators:

We have to learn from Finnish Education System that
A) Teachers must be concerned about the happiness of their students.
B) The education system of a school must find a way for finding happiness and a way to learn.

Padma M
Academic Head, Sri Chaitanya School

‘School Leaders’ Professional Visit to Finland

‘Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today’. We practice the philosophy of continuous improvement and strive to get a little better every single day.

Finland is famous for its excellent, efficient and equitable system of education. The county is fostering the individual potential of every child. They consider children as their most precious resource. I am also a firm supporter of educational reforms. In order to learn and research Finland’s remarkable educational system, I participated in a week – long professional visit to Finland organized by Madhuban Publications under the aegis of S Chand Group in Helsinki from 1st October, 2017 to 6th October, 2017. It included visits to a High School, a Primary School, a Future School, a Model School, Education Board with forty delegates from India and overseas.

It was an unforgettable experience. I would like to mention that the team of S Chand Group, that designed and executed the entire programme, was so committed and professional to the core that it made the learning experience seamless and smooth. M.D. of S Chand Group, Mr. Himanshu Gupta himself was actively engaged. He ensured that all the delegates were attended to congenially. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organizers for providing me this opportunity. Being the youngest among all the delegates, I learnt a lot from my fellow mates. This visit made me realize that an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

It was really a great pleasure to visit the famous University of Finland and explore its beauty. I learnt a fair bit about Finland’s overall philosophy of education, learning and development.

Rohit Dua
Secretary, Little Flowers Group of Schools, Delhi

The emphasis on trust and responsibility is amazing. When children are taught trust and responsibility and they see their teachers practising the same, how can the growth of a country not be positive and secure. Where there is trust there is peace. Where there is responsibility there is ownership. I think that those are the most important magic words that become the backbone of the society which I learnt from my Fiinish experience.

Lakshmi Sharat
Director Academics, Kerala Public School, Jamshedpur

The trip to Finland was a great learning experience. We had a unique opportunity of meeting the top educational experts of the University of Helsinki and visiting some schools in Finland which showcased the Finnish system of education. We had a first-hand experience of how education can be made meaningful and interesting for learners. The team of S Chand was very friendly and approachable The entire event was extraordinarily arranged, a minute to minute plan was in place and everything was well executed. We returned home richer in friends and educational experience.

–Pavan K Samba
Academic Head, Narayana Group of Schools, Hyderabad

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