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Finnish-Canadian Research Partnership FinAl2.0 ends after three years of cooperation

Julkaistu 3.11.2021 14.07

FinAl2.0, International Research Partnership 2018-2022

(Updated 01.11.2021) Hatanpään lukio – Hatanpään lukio Upper Secondary School – has been operating as one of the international partners in a Finland – Alberta (Canada) Research Partnership project in 2018-2022, the FinAl2.0. We have been and are happy and proud to participate. The candidates´ applications were evaluated by both OPH – National Board of Education in Finland as well as ATA – Alberta Teachers Association in Alberta, Canada. Altogether six high schools (lukio) in Finland and five high shools in Alberta were chosen. Originally the funding of the partnership was for three academic years but due to the COVID pandemia the project will continue for the academic year 2021-2022 as well.

The Finnish partners are from all over the country from south to north. They are Ivalon lukio (Inari), Joensuun yhteiskoulun lukio, Katetdralskolan i Åbo (Turku), Pihtiputaan lukio, Rauman lyseon lukio – and of course our “HaLu" – Hatanpään lukio. The partners will learn a lot of international cooperation and of project work. The Finnish partners will also have domestic seminars – supported and guided by the OPH in Finland. On the first project year the seminars were held in Turku and in Pihtipudas. Joensuu hosted the seminar of the second project year. On the third year 2020-2021 the Finnish high schools planned to meet in Inari. The meeting was postponed several times because of the COVID pandemic situation, but will finally take place in November 2021.

The Canadian partners visited Finnish partner schools already in October 2018. The OPH in Helsinki hosted a joint seminar called “The Base Camp" in October 8th. The first meeting was successful and the three-year-long future cooperation was planned and detailed. Later on the same week the Canadian partners visited their partners all over Finland. Hatanpään lukio hosted staff from Fort Saskatchewan High School near the city of Edmonton. Six second-year students and two of staff from Hatanpään lukio visited Fort Saskatchewan High School in May, 2019.

In Hatanpään lukio we have from the start emphasized that the students will be in the center of the cooperation. An active group of our 2nd-year-students has been working within the project from the start. The students were active in the planning and hosting of the Canadian visit to Hatanpää in October 2018. Our visit to Canada in May 2019 was also a great success – largely because the Finnish students took a lot of responsibility and were able to act as good Finland-ambassadors. The project work of the first cooperation year 2018-2019 was a study and a presentation of student activity and student empowerment in Hatanpään lukio. On the second year the study was widened to be a comparative analysis of a students´ role in the school community in Finland and in Alberta.

On the first project meeting in Turku we met our active and nice finnish partner schools.

The second project year 2019-2020 started also with the Canadian visit to Finland. The second Base Camp hosted almost 80 participants in Helsinki. A group of Canadian students and staff visited Hatanpää in October 2019. It was great fun! On the second project year the whole school network of 11 high schools is coordinated from Tampere.

The Finnish visit to Alberta in May 2020 was cancelled because of the Coronavirus situation, but instead an Online-seminar of all participating schools was organized in May 2020. More online-seminars and cooperation was planned for the 3rd project year of 2020-2021. Due to the COVID pandemic situation some of the planned online activities were more successful than others, but on the wider perspective we were able to keep the project alive and activate our students to participate despite the difficulties!

The meeting in Ivalo in November 2021 will end the official project. The contacts will stay alive - we are sure about this - school cooperation between the partners will continue. Some on our Canadian partners will be able to participate the meeting in Ivalo online. The final 3rd year project work will be a study of the possibilities and challenges of the future on the era of possible pandemias and the climate change. The theme of the study is “International school projects and the changing climate in the 2030´s. The need of international cooperation and projects will stay, but on the future the cooperation may find new forms.