The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland with its partners, e.g., The Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ), are organizing the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) 2019 event in Helsinki, on March 14th & 15th, 2019, for the leaders and other staff of the ministries of education and teacher organizations. The themes of the event are early childhood education, shared and participatory leadership, and sustainability challenges in education. Ministers or deputy ministers arrive in Finland with the chairman or vice-chairman of the teacher organization from almost 20 countries: Belgium, South Korea, Georgia, Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, UK (and Scotland), Latvia, Moldova, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Russia, Vietnam and Estonia.
Participants of the event were offered opportunities to get acquainted with Finnish day care centers, schools and other educational developers already on March 13th. One of them was the administration of the national LUMA Centre Finland network at the University of Helsinki.
Guests from Denmark, Estonia and Hong Kong enjoyed, e.g. the presentation of LUMA activities by Director, Professor Maija Aksela, and the presentation of the innovative Pulmaario model by Professor Juha Oikkonen. After the questions and the conversation, they got acquainted with one of the so-called LUMA labs, the ChemistryLab Gadolin.