Together collaborating with Brainfeed Magazine, we organised a learning process in Europe under the name of Innovation Camp for educational professionals from India in from 2-6 May, 2017. To be more precise, the Innovation Camp enabled Indian educators to have an opportunity to explore the success factors of education systems in Finland and Sweden throughout school visits and discussions with experts. The programme lasted one week with a lot of remarkable experiences and lively talks of information exchange between our Indian professionals and Finnish – Swedish educators.
The methodology of Innovation Camp covers all aspects needed when developing the successful school of the future: Pedagogy, Quality, Digital learning, Learning environments, and Leadership. Therefore, the programme was organised to the group’s wishes with a learning process from school visits to ideas of practices, and then approaches to apply to their own institutions with what they have learned throughout the programme. The group spent roughly two days in each country to visit three main school levels of K12 education: primary, lower and upper secondary schools.
On the first two days in Finland; teachers, principal, school managers and school owners from India spent visits at Kasavuori middle school, Komeetta primary school, and Kauniainen high school. Each school demonstrated the guests their own strengths and special programmes for students and teachers so as to run their school in the most effective and innovative ways, based on core elements of the 2016 Finnish National Core Curricula for early childhood and compulsory education.
Meanwhile, Sweden warmly welcomed our guests with wonderful school trips at Djurgårdsskolan primary school, Vittra Telefonplan comprehensive school, and Skeppsholmens Folkhögskola High school in the last two weekdays of the week after a sixteen-hour travel by cruise ship. We are very glad to see our Indian professionals have realised the similarities and dissimilarities between Finnish education and Swedish education via those school visits, assessed the pros and cons in each situation of each education system, and shared what they thought that can be enhanced better and why they thought so. It means that these educators from India have successfully created their own learning processes and completed them with assistance from the experts.
Despite the shortage of time in school trips and discussions with teachers and principals in each school, Indian educational professionals have definitely indicated their dedication and interests in grabbing the success factors from top quality education systems to improve and develop their institutions comprehensively. We wish our beloved educators the best and look forward to future collaboration to make their goals happen!