Quality shall be one overarching evaluation and selection criteria in the programme. Priority will be given to programme activities that support and promote cooperation in education between the participating countries and that aim to create, develop and disseminate results and products that are of interest in the participating countries.
As a result of a fruitful co-operation between Estonia, Latvia and Finland an imagination-triggering exhibition on climate related topics has been created in Tallinn and Riga science centres. In co-operation with the University of Helsinki there will also be carried out a leading-edge research on the effects that the informal learning methods have on the ability of learning.
NQT-COME is an international Nordplus Horizontal project (2009-2012) launched by NQTNE network with the aim of promoting professional learning of newly qualified teachers in their induction phase. The project team is proud of the international cooperation between educational experts, policy makers and stakeholders developing better practices for induction of new teachers in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
With the funding from Nordplus Horizontal and Nordic Culture Point, Finnish Circus Information Centre in collaboration with Turku University of Applied Science’s Arts Academy organized a Nordic seminar that focused on the future and challenges of contemporary circus pedagogy. The seminar offered an excellent occasion for networking and sharing good practices and it gathered participants from eleven countries.
On the 22nd of August 2011, as a part of the Nordic Circus Year 2011, Finnish Circus Information Centre, in collaboration with Turku University of Applied Sciences’ Arts Academy, organized Future Circus Arts Education – Seminar on Circus Pedagogy in Turku. The seminar gathered 55 international participants to discuss today’s and future’s circus education in Nordic countries. Different pedagogical issues from youth circuses to professional degree programmes were examined.
The morning session of the full-day seminar was reserved for lectures. Researcher JuttaVirolainen from Finnish Circus Information Centre presented parts from her recent Nordic Circus Survey, in which the current state and challenges of circus education in Nordic countries were analyzed. Jutta’s lecture was followed by presentations of the two Nordic university level degree programmes in contemporary circus: Stockholm’s Dans- och cirkushögskolan and Turku’s Arts Academy. Other interesting topics were: circus in the Finnish basic arts education system, Social Circus ESR-project from Tampere University and the research projects of FEDEC, the European network for professional circus schools.
Innovation and creativity in rural development and agriculture is in focus when Valle upper secondary school at Toten, Norway, educate their students in the use of natural resources. Through international cooperation, competence to rethink traditional industries is developed.
The idea of the project was born from the realization how important it is for people travelling to neighboring countries to know at least several words or phrases of the country’s language. It can help make your trip much more pleasant and meaningful and feel more self-confident. Moreover, your efforts to address people in their native language will be most rewarding and people will become more open and friendly because of the respect you have exhibited for their country and culture. They will be pleased to learn that their language is important for a newcomer who has come not just for work, studies, but on a visit as well.
Junior Achievement Estonia has been engaged in the projects delivered by the Nordic Council of Ministers for years. The current project under the Nordplus Horizontal programme is called “Creative and entrepreneurship education in schools” and in the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 academic years we have focused on relationship marketing as a tool for entrepreneurship and business but also for teaching entrepreneurship at school. The project involves 5 countries: Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.
“Here is a challenge for you: you are now to do research on the Sun and the Northern Lights, and you will study and analyse real-time data. Is it possible that there will be any Northern Lights in week 47, 2009?”
This is an example of an assignment in a Polar Year contest for secondary school pupils. An inspiring learning environment that stimulates young people’s interest in science requires skilled teachers – and that is exactly what “Polar research in the classroom”, initiated by the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education, is about. The project aims to qualify teachers in various polar-related subjects by establishing quality follow-up studies within a Nordic educational network.