Over 300 local educators recently attended an international conference on Finnish education and pedagogy at the Dolmen Hotel in Qawra. The conference was organised by Kenneth Vella, headmaster of Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph School, Paola, in collaboration with the Tumas Fenech Foundation and Learning Scoop Finland.

The educators took part in the discussions and workshops on how Finnish methodologies could be adapted and implemented in Maltese schools and classrooms. The workshops were led by Johanna Jarvinen Taubert and Kaisa Tuomarla from Learning Scoop Finland.

At the end of the conference, Dr Vella announced that as the international representative for Learning Scoop Finland in the Mediterranean region he had recently signed a collaboration agreement with Tampere University of Applied Sciences through which the university would be offering a postgraduate diploma to Maltese educators. He also said that a similar conference would be held during the next scholastic year, building on this one.

During their visit in Malta, Ms Taubert and Ms Tuomarla also had meetings with Prof. Sandro Caruana, dean of the University of Malta’s Faculty of Education, and also with Marco Bonnici and Carmen Dimech, President and secretary general of the Malta Union of Teachers.

The conference was also addressed by President Emeritus and former education minister Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, chairman of the Tumas Fenech Foundation, and Anthony De Bono and Malcolm Naudi, vice chairman and board secretary of the foundation.