17.11.2017 - 17.11.2017

implOED Conference: Diversity in Adult Education

Time:17.11.2017 - 17.11.2017
Location:Hotel Paasitorni, Helsinki, Finland

The growing number of immigrants and asylum seekers sets expectations also for the education systems in Europe. Immigrants are a growing group of learners, especially in adult education institutions also in Finland. How can the training paths of migrants be streamlined in Finland? What examples can be found in Europe to increase the participation of immigrants in adult education? How can the good practices be implemented in Finland?

Kansanvalistusseura (The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, KVS) will host an international conference in November in which decision-makers, authorities and representatives of organizations can share good practices and get ideas for streamlining immigrant learning paths in Finland.

The conference is part of a European Commission funded Erasmus+ project called implOED – Implementing Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity. The project aims at reaching out to socially and educationally disadvantaged adults – such as refugees and migrants – and engaging them in lifelong learning opportunities.


9.00 Morning coffee: Elm magazine promoting adult education in Europe

9.30 Opening remarks: Pirkko Ruuskanen-Parrukoski, CEO, Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (KVS)

9.40 Keynote speakers

  • The Value of Inclusive Education, Franz Gertze, Chief Executive Officer at Namibia Qualifications Authority
  • New perspectives on education – re-thinking learning in multicultural settings, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Professor of Education, University of Helsinki and expert on digital education
  • Perspectives on successful integration into Finnish society, Bahar Mozaffari, Finnish Refugee Woman of the Year 2017
  • Migrant women – an essential learner group, Gunta Ahlfors, Väestöliitto – the Family Federation of Finland

11.00 Lunch
12.00 Implementing Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity, Gina Ebner, Secretary-General, European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)

12.15 European perspectives on adult education and migration, Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions
12.40 How we did it? Case examples from Europe on migrant adult education

  • Case I: Policy advocacy on migrant education in Finland Jyrki Ijäs, Executive Director, Finnish Folk High School Association
  • Case II: Migrants as educators and learners in Austria Magdalena Gföllner, KAMA project
  • Case III: Folk high schools as arenas for inclusion in times of migration in Sweden Ingegerd Akselsson Le Douaron, Swedish Folk High School
  • Case IV: Citizens’ Curriculum in UK Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths & ESOL, Learning & Work Institute

    Fishbowl discussion: Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, European Parliament, Pilvi Torsti, MP, Finland, Anna-Kristiina Mikkonen, President of the City Council of Savonlinna, Marion Fields, Expert in Sivis Study Centre, Junias Kanyinda, development assistant in Finnish Federation of Settlments and Neighbourhood Centres and student in Edupoli and Haaga-Helia

14.45 Closing remarks Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, European Parliament, Chair of the Advisory Board in KVS (Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation)


15.00-15:30 The Annual Culture and Education Prize by KVS (Vuoden Sivistyspalkinto). The participants are welcomed to take part also in this event.

Information and registration

The conference will be held in Helsinki on 17 November at 9.00-15.00. The conference venue is Hotel Paasitorni (Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki).

The conference is free of charge. The language of the conference is English.

Register to the conference via this link.