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Blog from UEF introduces Finnish education to Namibian students

A post in UEF’s On the Move blog by Chidchanoke Kasetpibal, a graduate from the university’s Master’s Degree Programme in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication, now serves as a writing assignment for Namibian students in Grade 12. Kasetpibal’s blog post has been published as part of the Solid Foundations English Second Language Grade 12 Learner’s Book for NSSCAS, published by Macmillan Education.

The book is written with the goal of preparing Namibian students for their final examination at the end of Grade 12, as well as for setting a foundation for further studies at the tertiary level. Students are asked to write an article for their school paper on the basis of Kasetpibal’s blog post and to explore what is possible in Finnish schools and how they foster more productive learning.

In her blog post, Kasetpibal highlights five things that she appreciates about the Finnish education system. These include the absence of school uniforms, little use of rewarding systems, the absence of punishment, the power of positive encouragement, and the trust system.

According to Key Account Manager Riikka Kuusisto-Kajander from the University of Eastern Finland’s Global Education Services, being featured in a Namibian textbook is a good way to spread awareness of Finnish education.

“We hope this will open up new opportunities for educational collaboration in Africa,” Ms Kuusisto-Kajander says.

For further information, please contact:
Riikka Kuusisto-Kajander, Key Account Manager, Global Education Services
Tel. +358 50 356 7006, email riikka.kuusisto-kajander@uef.fi

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