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The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki is the most international private institute of adult education in Finland. The Institute has had language teaching from its early days. The internationalization was greatly increased after the Institute started to arrange Finnish courses for foreigners. The year 1993 could be conceived as the turning point, when also the labour market political training for immigrants started. This is a list about teaching, development projects, excursions and contacts connected to internationaliztion.

2016

Training

  • Out of a total of 48 343 teaching hours: training for foreigners 70 %, foreign language training 11 %.
  • Training for people with immigrant background 34 100 hours: labour market training 24 585 hours, elementary school 5129 hours, institute of adult education training 4379 hours, personnel training 7 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5176 study hours: English 30 %, French 13 %, Spanish 12 %, Italian 10 %, Russian 6 %, Swedish 5 %, German 5 %, other languages 17 %.

Development Projects

  • ADULT IMMIGRANTS’ UPDATING TRAINING TO BECOME A READING AND WRITING TUTOR is aimed at those teaching reading and writing teachers for adults (or young people), or those aiming to work in such a position in the future. The aim is to evolve as a reading skills teacher and receive additional qualifications and know-how for the benefit of the students and the employer. The training is based on the adult immigrant’s curriculum for reading a writing. The training teaches functional methodology, ability grouping, motivation, the basics of language skill evaluation and the usage of teaching techology. The training began in November, and is funded by The Finnish National Agengy for Education.
  • KEHO 2.0 project, whose one goal is to offer immigrants information on the possibilites for studying in institutes of adult education. The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki participated in the project by producing a plain language video presentation Tervetuloa kansalaisopistoon! (Welcome to an Institute of Adult Education!). This project of the Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • KOTONA VERKOSSA (Networking at Home) project ended at the end of 2016. The goal was to develop digital training and teachers’ skills by, for example, making better use of the Kotisuomessa.fi web pages. The project, which started at the end of 2015, was coordinated by Luksia.
  • VISIBLE BRIDGES was a The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki coordinated Nordplus project, which started in Autumn 2014 and ended in August 2016. The contact seminars were hosted by project partners from each country (2014 Iceland, 2015 Finland and Norway, 2016 Sweden). The theme was the immigrants’ transition from education to working life. The project mapped out and developed good Nordic practises. Also participating are a third sector organisation Equality Centre form Reykjavik, Iceland, The city of Arendahl’s Arendal Adult Learning Centre from Norway, a third sector organisation Integration For All from Örkelljunga from Sweden and the city of Kristianstad’s The Administration of Labour and Welfare, Education and Work from Sweden. The project had its own Facebook and web pages.
  • YKIIN (Towards the Language Proficiency Test) project ended at the end of year 2016. During the project, which started on 2015, a directional language test was created at the Institute’s website for the customer to receive information on whether her / his language skills are adequate for The National Certificate of Language Proficiency Middle Level test.

Visits

  • A seminar trip to Pärnu.
  • Visible Bridges project end seminar in Sweden.
  • The Institute received visits from educational personnel during the year from Norway, England, Estonia and Korea.

2015

Training

  • Out of a total of 42 117 teaching hours: training for foreigners 62 %, foreign language training 14 %.
  • Training for people with an immigration background 26 210 hours: labour market training 19 017 hours, elementary school training 1298 hours, institute of adult education training 5206 hours, youth guarantee training, 608 hours, personnel training 81 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5757 study hours: English 28 %, Spanish 16 %, French 15 % Italian 10 %, Swedish 7 %, German 7 %, Russian 4 %, other languages 14 %.

Development Projects

  • LUKIMO (Reading Hub) was the Finnish National Agengy for Education funded joint project of Amiedu and Axxell. The project created contents for the reading and writing skills modules to support the curriculum.
  • KOTOVERKKO 2 (Home Network 2), whose goal was to coordinate and develop integration training throughout Finland. 17 schools from different parts of Finland were participating, financed by FNAE.
  • YKIIN (Towards the Language Proficiency Test) project was a LaKe funded project, which created materials for the courses preparing for The National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests, and with which Finnish language teachers receive training to support evaluation, for the organising of The National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests and guiding towards the exam.
  • NUORISOTAKUU (Youth Guarantee) organized 2 courses: February 9 – May 22 and September 7 – December 18. The Youth Guarantee courses were the Finnish National Agency for Education funded, 15-week intensive courses. The courses were totally free of charge for the participants. The project partner PLAN’s MUUTTAJAT (Movers) project was carried out during the courses.
  • KOTONA VERKOSSA (Networking at Home) project started at the end of 2015. The participator network covered the whole of Finland. The aim was to develop digital training and teachers’ skills.
  • The contract for arranging the The National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI Middle Level) certificate exams with The Finnish National Agency for Education continued on. There were approximately 285 participants in the exams.
  • The VISIBLE BRIDGES project continued.

Visits

  • Kotoverkko 2 (Home Network 2) project visits to, for example, Copenhagen and Malmö to meet local trainers of immigrants and other operators.
  • Visible Bridges project meetings in Helsinki and Arendal, Norway.
  • Two Austrian teachers working with immigrants came to familiarize themselves with labour market political training and elemetary school teaching on a week-long job shadowing period.
  • Both Japanese and Korean teachers came to visit the Institute.

2014

Training

  • Out of a total of 42 973 teaching hours: training for foreigners 46 %, foreign language training 18 %.
  • Training for people with an immigration background 19 772 hours: labour market training 13 264 hours, institute of adult education training 6440 hours, personnel training 68 hours. Division: Finnish language, society and working life skills, information technology, handicrafts.
  • Foreign languge training 7769 hours: English 24 %, Spanish 17 %, French 14 %, Italian 11 %, Swedish 7 %, German 6 %, Russian 5 %, other languages 15 %.

Development Projects

  • KOTOVERKKO (Home Network), whose goal is to coordinate and develop integration training throughout Finland, 17 schools from different parts of Finland are participating, financed by FNAE.
  • KÄTS, The Finnish National Agency for Education granted additional funding for Käytännön suomen (Practical Finnish) project for 2013 – 2014. The aim was to further immigrants’ Finnish language studies by producing Finnish as a Second Language study materials especially for slowly progressing students. There are study materials for the training of those unable to read or write and the rapidly progressing ones, but there has been a shortage especially of study materials for those who progress more slowly. The KÄTS study material is available for printing at: www.helao.fi/kats. The project continues to work on the material and will print it as a textbook.
  • LÄHTÖRUUTU (Starting Block) is an ESR funded joint project between Amiedu and Axxell, which draws up tests for the evaluation of the starting level of reading and writing.
  • NUORISOTAKUU (Youth Guarantee) trainings were arranged with Finnish National Agency for Education funding, 15-week intensive courses. The courses were totally free of charge for the participants. The project partner PLAN’s MUUTTAJAT (Movers) project was carried out during the courses.
  • TOMAKO, or functional methods in immigrant training. The project focused on utilizing functionality in the traning of immigrants. Also Vanajavesi Adult Education Centre, Vantaa Institute of Adult Education, Wellamo Community College and the Luetaan yhdessä (Let’s Read Together) network (Finnish Federation of Graduate Women). Financed by FNAE.
  • VISIBLE BRIDGES was the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki coordinated Nordplus project. The theme was the immigrants’ transition from education to working life. The project mapped out good Nordic practices. Also participating were a third sector organisation Equality Centre form Reykjavik, Iceland, The city of Arendahl’s Arendal Adult Learning Centre from Norway, a third sector organisation Integration For All from Örkelljunga, Sweden and the city of Kristianstad’s The Administration of Labour and Welfare, Education and Work from Sweden.
  • The National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI Middle Level). The contract for arranging the certificate exams with The Finnish National Agency for Education continued on 2014. There were approximately 280 participants in the exams.

Visits

  • A four-day co-operation seminar in Riga, Latvia. Participated by 40 members of the Institute’s personnel.
  • Visible Bridges project meetings in Sweden and Iceland.
  • Korean teachers came to visit the Institute.

2013

Training

  • Out of a total of 40 279 hours: training for foreigners 42 %, foreign language training 19 %.
  • Training for people with an immigration background 17 099 hours: labour market training 10 530 hours, institute of adult education training 6505 hours, personnel training 64 hours. Division: Finnish language, society and working life skills , information technology, handicrafts.
  • Foreign languge training 7769 study hours: English 25 %, Spanish 17 %, French 12 % Italian 11 %, Russian 7 %, Swedish 6 %, German 5 %, other languages 17 %.

Development Projects

  • KÄTS. The Finnish Nationa Agency for Education granted additional funding for Käytännön suomea (Practical Finnish) project for 2013-2014. The goal of the project was to further immigrants’ Finnish language studies by producing Finnish as a Second Language materials especially for slowly progressing students. There are study materials for the training for those unable to read or write and the rapidly progressing ones, but there has been a shortage especially on study materials for those who progress more slowly. The KÄTS study material is available for printing at: https://helao.fi/kats/. The project continues to work on the material and will print it as a textbook.
  • SUKIMO (integration training for adult immigrants, the module framework for the Finnish language), where the contents for modules 1-3 were created in cooperation with the other schools in the metropolitan area, financed by FNAE. The project was executed September 1, 2012 – October 31, 2013. The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki project partners were the labour market integration training organizers in the metropolitan area: Amiedu, Edupoli, The Vantaa Institute of Adult Education, The Eira High School for Adults and the Western Uusimaa institute of Adult Education Luksia. The project co-ordinator was Axxell. The goal of the project was to develop the module frameworks for the integration training for adult immigrants as laid out in the Finnish National Agency for Education basics of the curriculum, Osallisena Suomessa (Taking Part in Finland) development project and the pan-European framework of language skills evaluation. During the project the goal skills, the communication situations and the core contents (minimum requirements) of the different modules of the different training paths were be specified, and a recommendation of the study order was given.
  • TOMAKO, or functional methods in immigrants’ training. The project focused on utilizing functionality in the traning of immigrants. Also Vanajavesi Adult Education Centre, Vantaa Institute of Adult Education, Wellamo Community College and the Luetaan yhdessä (Let’s Read Together) network (Finnish Federation of Graduate Women). Financed by FNAE.

Visits

  • A seminar trip to Tartu.
  • Nordplus contact seminar in Stockholm.
  • The Minister for Education of Singapore and his entourage visited the Institute.

2012

Training

  • Out of a total of 34 932 teaching hours: training for foreigners 41,5 %, foreign language training 20 %.
  • Training for foreigners 14 506 hours. Division: Finnish language 90 %, society and working life skills 5 %, information technology 3 %, home economics and handicrafts 2 %.
  • Foreign languge training 7012 hours: English 23 %, Spanish 19 %, French 14 %, Italian 11 %, Russian 7 %, Swedish 6 %, German 5 %, other languages 15 %.

Development Projects

  • Practical Finnish development project (FNAE) study material was completed. The goal of the project was to further immigrants’ Finnish language studies by producing Finnish as a Second Language materials especially for slowly progressing students. The study materials are available for printing at the Institute’s website: helao.fi/fi/kats/
  • SUKIMO Project (integration training for adult immigrants, the module framework of the Finnish language).

Visits

  • Korean educational personnel visited on May 23 and November 1. Both times the official delegation was 15 people and the programme entailed an introduction to the Institute and the concept of institutes of adult education.
  • A joint development and wellness seminar with Aktiivi-instituutti (Active Institute) and The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki in Slovenia / Croatia.

2011

Training

  • Out of a total of 34 771 teaching hours: training for foreigners 44 %, foreign language training 20 %.
  • Training for foreigners 15 283 hours: labour market training 9755 hours, institute of adult education training 5512 hours, personnel training 16 hours. Division: Finnish language 90 %, society and working life skills 5 %, information technology 3 %, home economics and handicrafts 3 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6985 study hours: English 25 %, Spanish 19 %, French 12 % Italian 12 %, Russian 6 %, Swedish 5 %, German 5 %, other languages 15 %

Development Projects

  • Practical Finnish development project started, with a Finnish National Agency for Education allowance. The goal of the project was to further immigrants’ Finnish language studies by producing Finnish as a Second Language study materials especially for slowly progressing students.

Visits

  • A representative of Slovenian handicraft arts Ludmila Bátorová gave an egg painting workshop at the Institute, in cooperation with the Slovakian embassy.
  • 51 handicrafts teachers and enthusiats visited the Institute, with teacher Sirje Pakler leading the group.
  • A joint development and wellness seminar with Aktiivi-instituutti (Active Institute) and the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki in Tallinn.
  • The Director participated in the adult education seminar arranged by the Finnish Association of Adult Centres (Kansalaisopistojen liitto KOL) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2010

Training

  • Out of a total of 34 074 teaching hours training for foreigners 48 %, foreign language training 19 %.
  • Training for foreigners 16 275 hours: labour market training 10 615 hours, institute of adult education training 5562 hours, personnel training 36 hours, project training 62 hours. Division: Finnish language 82 %, society and working life skills 12 %, information technology 3 %, other 3 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6518 study hours: English 29 %, Spanish 20 %, Italian 13 % French 11 %, Swedish 5 %, German 5 %, Russian 5 %, other languages 12 %.

Development Projects

  • Integrate the immigrant by guidance (Maahanmuuttanut ohjauksella kotoutumaan) development project ended. The project produced a practical guide, which can be utilized when guiding immigrants to integration training, during other training or other guidance situations. The Finnish National Agency for Education gave an appropriation for this project.

Visits

  • Finnish Puzzles workshop at the Institute. A week-long gathering, part of EU Lifelong Programme, a subproject of Grundtvig, brought 20 participants from 10 European countries. The workshop was for getting to know Finnish society, culture and the Finnish language. Excursions to many Helsinki locations.
  • The Institute’s development seminar in Fuengirola, Spain. During the trip there was a visit to a Finnish institute of adult education and a high school.
  • The Ministry of the Interior’s guests of border authorities (9 people from around the world) visited the Institute and explored its operations.
  • On the initiative of the Ministry of Education 23 Korean educational field experts visited the Institute and explored its operations.
  • The Director took part in Finnish-Hungarian seminar on adult education in Budapest and took part in trade union institute directors’ study trip to England and Scotland.

2009

Training

  • Out of a total of 31 026 teaching hours: training for foreigners 43 %, foreign language training 21 %.
  • Training for foreigners 13 454 hours: labour market training 8590 hours, institute of adult education training 4864 hours. Division: Finnish language 83 %, society and working life skills 11 %, information technology 3 %, other 3 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6618 study hours: English 30 %, Spanish 18 %, Italian 14 %, French 11 %, Russian 6 %, German 4 %, Swedish 4 %, other languages 13 %.

Development Projects

  • ”Edu for All (An EU multilateral Grundtvig project for 2007-2009) ended. The goal of the project was to develop outreach activities for groups of adult students, who are not easy to employ, group leaders and institute experts. The project co-ordinator was Ländliche Erwachsenenbildung in Thüringen from Germany, and partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki from Finland, and organisations from England, Italy, Latvia and Hungary. The Institute’s representatives participated in the project gatherings in Helsinki, Budapest, Verona, Erfurt and Weimar. The outcome of the project was the printing of the English-Finnish handbook ”Top Ten Tools for Involving Groups in Learning Activities”, which was distributed to the Institute’s partners.
  • ”Sukellus Suomeen” (”Diving Into Finland”), a development project for immigrants’ adult education, funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education, ended. As a result of the project there is a printed study materials packet with the project name, focusing on everyday skills, culture knowledge and civics. The material is being provided without charge to all schools under public supervision in Finland, and their partners.
  • A development project Maahanmuuttanut ohjauksella kotoutumaan (Integrating the Immigrant with Guidance) started. The Finnish National Agency for Education gave an allowance for the project. The project produced a guidebook for guiding immigrants.
  • A steering group for a coordinating project for immigrants’ language training appointed by the Finnish National Agency for Education appointed an Institute teacher Sirpa Rönkkö as its chairperson.

Visits

  • Three arts teachers represented the Institute in a cooperation seminar and joint exhibition with the Hungarian arts school Janoschik Almos Art Vocational School in Budapest. The cooperation school delegation did, in return, visit the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki.
  • A group consisting of members from 10 different countries from all over Europe, from ministries, universities and other schools via the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education Palmenia visited the Institute. A Leonardo visit was part of the project ”Better Working Skills Through Life Long Adult Education”.
  • The Institute’s and our sister school Aktiivi-instituutti’s (Active Institute) development seminar in St. Petersburg.
  • The Director took part in a study trip to Fuengirola, Spain, exploring, among other things a Finnish institute of adult education and high school.
  • An English teacher acted as tour leader at the Institute’s language trip to York, Northern England.

2008

Training

  • Out of a total of 30 731 teaching hours: training for foreigners 42 %, foreign language training 21 %.
  • Training for foreigners 12 918 hours: labour market training 9427 hours, personnel training 66 hours, institute of adult education training 3425 hours. Division: Finnish language 67 %, society and working life skills 23 %, information technology 6 %, other 4 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6491 hours: English 29 %, Spanish 17 %, Italian 14 %, French 12 %, Russian 7 %, Swedish 5 %, German 5 %, other languages 11 %.

Development Projects

  • ”Culture and Language to Promote Citizenship” (EU Grundtvig 2 study partnership project 2006-2008) ended. The Smashing Times Theatre Company Limited from Ireland acted as co-ordinator, the partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki and organisations from Spain, Greece, Norway and Poland. The Institute’s representatives participated in the project’s final gathering in Dublin, Ireland.
  • ”Edu for All” (An EU multilateral Grundtvig project for 2007-2009) started. The goal of the project was to develop outreach activities for groups of adult students, who are not easy to employ, group leaders and institute experts. The project coordinator was Ländliche Erwachsenenbildung Thüringen from Germany, and partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki from Finland, and organisations from England, Italy, Latvia and Hungary. The first gathering was in Helsinki, arranged by the Insitute, and other gatherings were in Latvia and Hungary.
  • Institute representatives participated in The Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres’ winter seminar in St. Petersburg.

Visits

  • The Institute’s Director participated in trade union institutes directors’ and adult education leaders’ study trip in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, and got acquainted with EU operations in Brussels.
  • A delegation of an Icelandic public sector trade union SFR (Union of Public Servants) visited the Institute, and also a group from Hessen, Germany representing institute of adult education administration and different schools.
  • A social studies teacher represented the Institute in Istanbul, Turkey in an international contact seminar in an attempt to network for future EU contacts.
  • An arts teacher continued co-operation with a Hungarian vocational arts school Kézmüipari Szakközepiskola és Szakiskola. The cooperation included teacher and student exchange, culture exchange and exhibitions. The teacher visited the school in Budapest and the school’s representative visited and explored our Institute. The teacher also arranged an art workshop at Villa Török, Balaton.
  • A handicracts teacher participated in The Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest.
  • An English teacher arranged English courses in Jersey, England.
  • Institute representatives participated in The Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres’ winter seminar in St. Petersburg and AKOL ry (The Finnish Association of Adult Education Teachers) in Milan, Italy.

2007

Training

  • Out of a total of 35 433 teaching hours: training for foreigners 50 %, foreign language training 18 %.
  • Training for foreigners 17 691 hours: labour market training 9224 hours, personnel training 6480 hours, institute of adult education training 1987 hours. Division: Finnish language 83 %, society and working life skills 9 %, information technology 4 %, other 4 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6549 hours: English 30 %, Spanish 18 %, Italian 13 %, French 12 %, Swedish 6 %, Russian 6 %, German 4 %, other languages 11 %.

Development Projects

  • ”Culture and Language to Promote Citizenship” (EU Grundtvig 2 study partnership project 2006-2008) continued. The Smashing Times Theatre Company Limited from Ireland acted as co-ordinator, the partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki and organisations from Spain, Greece, Norway and Poland. The Institute’s representatives participated in the project’s gatherings in Hamar, Norway and Goldap, Poland.
  • MaMuYKI (YKI for Immigrants) project ended. The project was supported by the Finnish National Agency for Education and its main goal was to increase immigrants’ preparedness to succesfully pass The National Certificate of Language Proficiency in the Finnish Language. The project partner was the Vantaa Adult Education Centre.
  • The Institute’s development seminar in Prague, Czech Republic with the personnel of our sister school Aktiivi-instituutti (Active Institute).

Visits

  • The institute’s representatives participated in institute of adult education associations study trips in Russian Karelia and Istanbul, Turkey.
  • An arts teacher had continued cooperation with a Hungarian vocational arts school Kézmüipari Szakközepiskola és Szakiskola. The cooperation included teacher and student exchange, culture exchange and exhibitions. The teacher visited the school in Budapest and the school’s representative visited and explored our Institute. The teacher also participated in an art exhibition in Balatonfüred, Hungary.
  • A handicrafts teacher participated in a tour for handicrafts teachers in Poland.
  • A joint arts students study trip to Hungary was arranged with the Porvoo Institute of Adult Education.

2006

Training

  • Out of a total of 33 917 teaching hours: training for foreigners 52 %, foreign language training 19 %.
  • Training for immigrants 17 496 hours: labour market training 8057 hours, personnel training 7240 hours, institute of adult education training 2199 hours. Division: Finnish language 82 %, society and working life skills 12 %, information technology 4 %, other 2 %.
  • Foreign languge training 6458 hours: English 31 %, Spanish 18 %, Italian 13 %, French 12 %, Swedish 8 %, Russian 6 %, German 3 %, other languages 9 %.

Development Projects

  • ”Culture and Language to Promote Citizenship” (EU Grundtvig 2 study partnership project 2006-2008) started. The Smashing Times Theatre Company Limited from Ireland acted as co-ordinator, the partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki and organisations from Spain, Greece, Norway and Poland. The Institute’s representatives participated in the project’s gathering in Kilkis, Greece.
  • KieKu project (supported by The Finnish National Agency for Education) ended. The aim was to improve the immigrants’ Finnish language skills and further their integration and activity on different sectors of life and their coping in the Finnish culture.
  • MaMuYKI (YKI for Immigrants) project started. The project was supported by The Finnish National Agency for Education and its main goal was to increase immigrants’ preparedness to succesfully pass The National Certificate of Language Proficiency in the Finnish Language. The project partner was the Vantaa Adult Education Centre.

Visits

  • The Institute’s representative took part in the The Association of Adult Education Institutes winter seminar in Tallinn.
  • A social studies teacher took part in a Cross Cultural Competence Workshop training in Caisa.
  • An arts teacher started cooperation with a Hungarian vocational arts school in Budapest. An art trip for the Institute’s students was arranged simultaneosly.
  • The Institute’s development seminar in Haapsalu, Estonia with the personnel of our sister school Aktiivi-instituutti (Active Institute), the theme being the development of cooperation between the institutes. The main theme was the evaluation of adult education and visitation sites were manor houses along the north coast of Estonia.
  • A French language teacher attended the seminar ”Classroom practise, E-learning/Virtual Learning Environment and the integration of the European Dimension in the Teaching of French to Adults” in Paris.
  • An arts teacher participated in three art exhibitions in Budapest and Veszprém, Hungary, out of which one was a private exhibition, others joint exhibitions.

2005

Training

  • Out of a total of 32 117 teaching hours: training for foreigners 50 %, foreign language training 18 %.
  • Training for immigrants 16 210 hours: labour market training 7244 hours, personnel training 6945 hours, institute of adult education training 2021 hours. Division: Finnish language 82 %, society and working life skills 12 % , information technology 4 %, other 2 %.
  • Foreign languge training 5965 hours: English 33 %, Spanish 17 %, French 14 %, Italian 11 %, Russian 7 %, Swedish 6 %, German 4 %, other languages 8 %.

Development Projects

  • An EU Commission sanctioned project ”LILAC – Learning for Integration, Learning through Active Citizenship” 2003-2005 ended. Exeter Council for Voluntary Service from England acted as coordinator, and partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki, and organisations from Italy, Germany, Norway, Latvia and Romania. The goal of the project was to further the integration of adult immigrants to their new home country, with measures promoting an active citizenship. The Institute’s representatives also participated in the project gatherings in Karmoy, Norway, and Berlin.
  • Taito (Skill) project (The Finnish National Agency for Education supported project focusing on language and culture training and active citizenship promoting studies) ended.
  • KieKu project (supported by The Finnish National Agency for Education) started. The aim was to improve the immigrants’ Finnish language skills and further their integration and activity on different sectors of life and their coping in the Finnish culture.

Visits

  • The Institute’s Director went to explore the European Union (EU Parliament, Commission, Representation of Finland to the European Union, Localfinland Brussels office) and its adult education policy and Nato operations in Brussels.
  • A social studies teacher participated in the Grundtvig seminar ”European Citizenship” in Tallinn.
  • The Institute’s representatives visited ARO ry. (The ARO Society) adult education seminar in Stockholm.
  • An arts teacher’s works were on display in the Autismisäätlö (Autism Foundation) EU project ”Art Without Borders” international collage exhibition in Kaunas, Lithuania and the Finnish Estonia Institute in Tallinn. Two arts teachers had a joint exhibition in Pécs, Hungary.
  • The Institute organized for the first time exams on The National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI Middle Level). The Institute continued to arrange National Language Examinations according to the agreement with The Finnish National Agency for Eduction.
  • A social studies teacher visited an international conference ”What Future for Lifelong Learning in Europe – a Time for Choice” in Helsinki.

2004

Training

  • Out of a total of 31 136 teaching hours: training for foreigners 49 %, foreign language training 18 %.
  • Training for immigrants 15 106 hours: labour market training 6977 hours, personnel training 6281 hours, institute of adult education training 1848 hours. Division: Finnish language 82 %, society and working life skills 10 % , information technology 6 %, other 2 %.
  • Foreign languge training 5703 hours: English 32 %, Spanish 18 %, French 14 %, Italian 11 %, Swedish 8 %, Russian 6 %, German 3 %, other languages 8 %.

Development Projects

  • An EU Commission sanctioned project ”LILAC – Learning for Integration, Learning through Active Citizenship” 2003-2005 continued. Exeter Council for Voluntary Service from England acted as coordinator, and the partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki, and organisations from Italy, Germany, Norway, Latvia and Romania. The goal of the project was to further the integration of adult immigrants to their new home country, with measures promoting an active citizenship. Participants from all cooperation organisations in the gathering held in Helsinki, hosted by the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki. The Institute’s representatives also visited the project gathering in Ogre, Latvia.
  • Aktiivi (Active) project (a Finnish National Agengy for Education supported integration education project) ended. Separate training periods and advisory services in co-operation with Monikulttuurisuusyhdistys Familia Club ry (Multiculturalism Society Familia Club) and Käsistään kätevät ry. (Handy with Crafts Society).
  • Taito (Skill) project (the Finnish National Agency for Education supported project focusing on language and culture training and active citizenship promoting studies) started jointly with Monikulttuurisuusyhdistys Familia Club ry (Multiculturalism Society Familia Club), Maahanmuuttajien tuki ry. (Support for Immigrants Society), Inkerikeskus ry. (Inkeri Center) and Käsistään kätevät ry. (Handy with Crafts Society).
  • The Institute’s development seminar and excursion for the Institute’s employees to explore Latvian culture and adult education in Riga.

Visits

  • A social studies teacher studied with a scholarship at Nordens Folkliga Akademi in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • The Institute’s representatives visited a seminar on society, culture and adult education in Moscow, Russia.
  • A social studies teacher went to explore adult education in Weimar, Germany.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in an international collage exhibition in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2003

Training

  • Out of a total of 25 910 teaching hours: training for foreigners 42 %, foreign language training 21 %.
  • Training for immigrants 10 947 hours: labour market training 6723 hours, personnel training 2688 hours, institute of adult education training 1536 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5446 hours.
  • A painting class for arts students in Villa Török, in the Balaton region, Hungary.
  • ”Ikebono”, and ikebana performance (Professor Kazuko Ideue from Japan) at the Institute, aimed for students in the field, and other enthusiasts.

Development Projects

  • The EU project ”Moving On – Learners Promoting Learning” ended. A four-country (England, Spain, Germany and Finland) co-operation project for the production of joint job application material. The Institute’s representatives, some of whom were students, took part in the project’s gatherings in Exeter, England.
  • An EU Commission sanctioned project ”LILAC – Learning for Integration, Learning through Active Citizenship” 2003-2005 started. Exeter Council for Voluntary Service from England acted as coordinator, and partners were the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki, and organisations from Italy, Germany, Norway, Latvia and Romania. The Institute’s representatives took part in the project’s starting seminar on Verona, Italy. The goal of the project was to further the integration of adult immigrants to their new home country, with measures promoting an active citizenship.
  • Aktiivi (Active) project (the Finnish National Agengy for Education supported integration education project) started. Separate training periods and advisory services in co-operation with Monikulttuurisuusyhdistys Familia Club ry. (Multiculturalism Society Familia Club) and Käsistään kätevät ry. (Handy with Crafts Society).

Visits

  • The Institute’s representatives visited Vilnius, Lithuania for a seminar in adult education and culture.
  • A teacher of Spanish visited a Finnish-Spanish symposium for Spanish teachers in Madrid.
  • An arts teacher went to explore The People’s University of Rome UPTER’s art curriculum.
  • An arts teacher’s works were on display in joint exhibitions in Felsöör, Hungary, and San Pellegrino and Lucca, Italy.
  • The Institute’s development seminar for the Institute’s employees in Budapest and the Balaton region, Hungary.

2002

Training

  • Out of a total of 22 670 teaching hours: training for foreigners 31 %, foreign language training 22 %.
  • Training for immigrants 7021 hours: labour market training 4595 hours, institute of adult education training 1386 hours, personnel training 1040 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5098 hours.
  • A painting course for visual arts students in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

Development Projects

  • The EU Project ”Moving On – Learners promoting Learning” continued. A four-country (England, Spain, Germany and Finland) co-operation project for the production of joint job application material. The Institute’s representatives attended the project gatherings in Weimar, Germany, and in Guadalajara, Spain. Teachers and students from all participating organisations visited the Helsinki gathering, hosted by the Institute.
  • POVI project (a three-year joint development project between Espoo Adult Education Centre, The Vantaa Adult Education Centre and The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki) ended in a seminar. The Institute’s personnel visited the Tallinn adult education centre concurrently.
  • Koto project (The Finnish National Agency for Education supported project focusing on integration training) in cooperation with Monikulttuurisuusyhdistys Familia Club ry (Multicultural Society Familia Club and Käsistään kätevät ry. (Handy with Crafts Association).

Visits

  • The Director explored adult education in Protugal, especially the open university operations in Lisbon and Porto.
  • The Institute’s representatives explored Russian adult education in a seminar held in St. Petersburg.
  • The Institute’s Finnish teacher got acquainted with the organization Exeter Council for Voluntary Service in Exeter and the organization Open Doors International in Plymouth, England.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in art exhibitions in Alsöörs, Veszprém ja Balatonfüred, Hungary and Pieksämäki, and in an international group exhibition in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

2001

Training

  • Out of a total of 21 014 teaching hours: training for foreigners 25 %, foreign language training 23 %.
  • Training for immigrants 5252 hours: labour market training 3853 hours, institute of adult education training 1304 hours, personnel training 95 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 4798 study hours.
  • A painting course for visual arts students in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

Development Projects

  • The EU Project ”Moving On – Learners promoting Learning” started. A four-country (England, Spain, Germany and Finland) co-operation project for the production of joint job application material. The Institute’s representative attended the Grundtvig contact seminar in Manchester, England, where the decision on the project was made.
  • The Umbrella (Sateenvarjo) project (a training and advisory services projet for immigrants, supported by the Finnish National Agency for Education) in co-operation with Multiculturalism Association Familia Club (Monikulttuuriyhdistys Familia Club ry) and VTKL – The Finnish Association for the Welfare of Older People.
  • POVI project (a three-year joint development project between the institutes of adult education in the metropolitan area) held a seminar in the Tallinn adult education centre, with representatives from the Institute.

Visits

  • Adult education specialists’ delegation from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania visited the Institute.
  • The Institute’s representatives participated in an adult education seminar in Otepää, Estonia.

2000

Training

  • Out of a total of 23 029 teaching hours: training for foreigners 28 %, foreign language training 24 %.
  • Training for immigrants 6376 hours: labour market training 5544 hours, institute of adult education training 832 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5518 study hours.
  • A painting and graphic art course for visual arts students in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

Development Projects

  • ETUE-NET project (a project funded by the EU Commission for promoting information networks in trade union schools), where the Institute and Active Institute (Aktiivi-instituutti) information technology specialists worked together. The Institute’s information technology teacher attended a joint project meeting in London, England.

Visits

  • The Director explored the Irish adult education system in Dublin and participated in the Trade Union of Education adult education seminar in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • A social studies teacher attended a ”1st Baltic Moreno Conference” psychodrama seminar in Pärnu, Estonia. The Institute’s representatives attended an international conference ”Adult Education and Culture Working together”.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in an international joint art exhibition in Couvin, Belgium and Ville-Marie, Quebec, Canada.
  • The Institute’s development seminar alongside with the Directors and Teachers of Adult Education Centres Association (Aikuisoppilaitosten rehtorit ja opettajat ry.) in Pärnu, Estonia.

1999

Training

  • Out of a total of 25 459 teaching hours: training for foreigners 33 %, foreign language training 24 %.
  • Training for immigrants 8441 hours: labour market training 7783 hours, institute of adult education training 658 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5994 hours.

Development Projects

  • ETUE-NET project (a project funded by the EU Commission for promoting information networks in trade union schools), where the Institute and Active Institute (Aktiivi-instituutti) information technology specialistis worked together. The Institute’s information technology teacher attended a joint project meeting in Runö, Sweden.
  • The Meeting of the Cultures (Kulttuurit kohtaavat) project ended with an international visual arts Master Course. The partners were Espoo Adult Education Centre, Hamina Adult Education Centre and The Valkeakoski Vocational College.

Visits

  • The Institute’s representatives attended a seminar for trainers from schools who receive ex-pats in Finland, arranged by the Ministry of Labour and the Finnish National Agengy for Education in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • The Institute’s representatives attended an adult education seminar in Riga, Latvia.
  • A social studies teacher was a scholar in Nordens Folkliga Akademi in Göteborg, Sweden, and also attended a seminar of the womens’ school of economics.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in Fulda, Germany, Balatonfüred and Alsöör, Hungary and Pisa, Italy.
  • The Institute’s development seminar in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

1998

Training

  • Out of a total of 23 328 teaching hours: training for foreigners 29 %, foreign language training 24 %.
  • Training for immigrants 6699 hours: labour market training 6299 hours, institute of adult education training 400 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5704 hours.
  • A painting course for visual arts students in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

Development Projects

  • The Meeting of the Cultures (Kulttuurit kohtaavat) project continued in Roskilde, Denmark on an international visual arts Master Course. The course had teachers and students from Italy, Denmark and Finland. The domestic partners were Espoo Adult Education Center, Hamina Adult Education Centre, and Valkeakoski Vocational College.

Visits

  • The Institute’s representatives visited Tartu, Estonia for a seminar in adult education.
  • The Director participated in Finnish adult educators’ excursion to Münster and its vicinity, where visits to local adult education and culture venues were made. He also participated in a training and join study trip for school directors in Miami, Florida, United States, arranged by The Finnish National Agency for Education.
  • The Institute’s head language teacher attended an OECD meeting in York, England.
  • A social studies teacher visited Brussels with female scientists, for an exploration in womens’ school of economics.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in an international ”Meeting of the Cultures” (Kulttuurit kohtaavat) group exhibition in Roskilde, Denmark.

1997

Training

  • Out of a total of 23 867 teaching hours: training for foreigners 32 %, foreign language training 24 %.
  • Training for immigrants 7626 hours: labour market training 7396 hours, of adult education training 230 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5689 hours.
  • A painting course for visual arts students in Villa Török, Balaton region, Hungary.

Development Projects

  • Meeting of the Cultures (Kulttuurit kohtaavat) projects started in Hamina, on an international Visual Arts Master Course. Teachers and students from Italy, Denmark and Finland. The domestic partners were Espoo Adult Education Centre, Hamina Adult Education Centre and The Valkeakoski Vocational College.

Visits

  • The Institute received guests from the University of Barcelona, and from the adult education centre equivalents in Rome and Münster.
  • The Institute’s representatives visited Tallinn and Pärnu, Estonia for an adult education seminar.
  • The Director participated the ”Meeting in Finland” seminar in Espoo, an adult education seminar in Tallinn and got acquainted with the Italian adult education system in Rome and Milan, and participated in Businesslike Management Training course in Milan, invited by The Finnish National Agengy for Education.
  • A social studies teacher attended an ESR project related University of Helsinki coordinated study trip on immigrants’ integration to Holland.
  • An arts teachers works in Meeting of Cultures (Kulttuurit kohtaavat) international group exhibition in Hamina.

1996

Training

  • Out of a total of 22 334 teaching hours: training for foreigners 34 %, foreign language training 26 %.
  • Training for 7634 hours: labour market training 7417 hours, institute of adult education training 217 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5752 hours.
  • An art excursion for art students to Florence, Siena and Pisa, Italy.

Visits

  • A social studies teacher was a scholar in Nordens Folkliga Akademi in Göteborg, Sweden.
  • A social studies teacher participated in a study trip to Immigrants’ integration and employment projects (ESR Projects) in Copenhagen and its vicinity in Denmark.
  • An arts teacher’s works in international miniature art exhibitions in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada and Couvin, Belgium.

1995

Training

  • Out of a total of 22 982 teaching hours: training for foreigners 37 %, foreign language training 25 %.
  • Training for immigrants 8573 hours: labour market training 7887 hours, institute of adult education training 686 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5764 hours.
  • Europe Panels in co-operatioon with The Development of the State Administration (Valtionhallinnon kehittämiskeskus) for civil servants and other interested parties.

Visits

  • A social studies teacher participated in a study trip for Immigrants’ Work and Education Project (an ERS project) in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö, Sweden and The Adult Education Women’s (Aikanaiset) trip to Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • An arts teacher’s works on display in Seoul, Korea and Vyborg, Russia.

1994

Training

  • Out of a total of 18 442 teaching hours: training for foreigners 27 %, foreign language training 30 %.
  • Training for foreigners 4929 hours: labour market training 6723 hours, institute of adult education training 743 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 5522 study hours.
  • Art excursions for students to Rome and London, visits to the towns’ art museums, art exhibitions and architectural sites.
  • Europe or not? Several discussion forums preceding the time of the Finnish European Union Membership Referendum.
  • Europe Panel and preparatory course for it in cooperation with The Development of the State Administration (Valtionhallinnon kehittämiskeskus).

Visits

  • The Institute’s Deputy Director gets acquainted with EU operations and EU Parliament in Brussels with trainers from The Finnish Federation of Salaried Employees (STTK).

1993

Training

  • Out of a total of 15 616 teaching hours: training for foreigners 8 %, foreign language training 39 %.
  • The Institute starts offering labour market political training for immigrants.
  • Training for immigrants 1275 hours, labour market training 853 hours, institute of adult education training 422 hours.
  • Foreign languge training 6068 study hours.
  • Language and internationalization training study module (500 hours) for young, unemployed Finnish people.

Visits

  • An art teacher’s works on display in art exhibitions in Fuengirola and Nerja, Spain, Valletta, Malta, Budapest, Hungary and Fulda, Germany.