Second day of the international workshop on Finnish Education and Pedagogy – March 2018
Friday 9th March 2918 saw the second day of the International Workshop on Finnish pedagogy coordinated by Dr. Kenneth Vella Headmaster of Mater Boni Consilii St. Joseph School Paola in collaboration with the Tumas Fenech Foundation and Learning Scoop Finland. After the introductory speech by Dr. Vella, Johanna Jarvinen Taubert(Learning Scoop Finland Pedagogical Director) and Kaisa Tuomarla (Learning Scoop Finland Pedagogical Specialist) led the first presentation for today around the theme of Media and Education in Finland. In their presentation Ms. Taubert and Ms. Tuomorla emphasised how in Finland the theme of Education is covered regularly in the media, for example before any reforms in education are put into effect the general public is already aware of the changes to come and so a lot of debate is generated. In this manner the media is used as an educational tool and the students are made aware and taught how to sift through the information and think critically.
H. E Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, President Emeritus of Malta and former Minister of Education and chairman of the board of studies Tumas Fenech Foundation also spoke about the role of the school in the remoulding process of students into responsible citizens. Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici stressed how teachers and journalists share the same tasks and responsibilities as transmitters of knowledge.
Ms. Johanna Jarvinen Taubert and Ms. Kaisa Tuomorla led the discussions and workshops on the implementation of the Finnish pedagogy at classroom level. Around 150 attendees from the different sectors of education participated actively in the various workshops.
All participants were then presented with certificates by Mr. Anthony Debono, Ambassador and Vice Chairman of Tumas Fenech Foundation.
Later in the afternoon a number of educators participated in an extra session regarding the use of Lesson Apps, a new educational tool which was recently launcehed in Finland by Learning Scoop Finland.