TAIPING: The “Finnish Experience” – a two-day programme for teachers held here – could be a catalyst for participants to apply Finnish education methods and ideas in their own classrooms.
Finland’s Ambassador to Malaysia Petri Puhakka said the event could also help educators envision possibilities in adapting the methods to suit a local context.
“I’m hoping once they leave, they will have a few ideas that they can try back home.
“You cannot just copy, but must adapt it to suit local surroundings and habits,” he told Bernama International News Service on the sidelines on Wednesday.
The event was co-organised by the state Education Department of Larut Matang and Selama district and Finnish Education Solutions Sdn Bhd.
It was attended by 278 teachers from public and private education sectors, with a majority of them from Perak and Kuala Lumpur.
Through the workshops, the teachers acquired valuable insights on how a classroom is conducted in a Finnish school.
Puhakka said he looked forward to similar events in the future.
“More interactions are good, especially in facilitating the distribution of knowledge about cultures, what more when there is a clear indication of the interest towards the Finnish education system.
“I would be happy to see more cooperation as well, for example, on a commercial basis.
“There are several actors, like Finnish educational experts, who would be delighted to share their area of expertise,” he said. — Bernama