The seventh meeting of the Praline Project members started yesterday in Helsinki, Finland, and will end today after two days of activities on the promotion of adult learning networks. The event took place at the Center for Competence and Enterprise Development, Taitotalo, and the Finnish Association for the Development of Vocational Education and Training in Finland, AMKE, was the organizer of the event.
Yesterday and today the associated members of the Praline Project, a European project included in the Erasmus+ program under Key Action 3: Supporting policy development and cooperation, have met. It aims to strengthen existing transnational networks of adult education providers through mutual learning, peer counseling and capacity building, in addition to seeking the consolidation of the network born in 2009 called EUproVET.
Ikaslan Bizkaia is part of the project, as well as other agents involved in VET education. This meeting took place in Taitotalo, the Center of Competence and Professional Development and was hosted by the AMKE Association, in charge of the Development of Vocational Training in Finland.
At this meeting, participants were able to learn about the Finnish VET education system, as well as its recent reform, based on the flexibility of the system with 100% adaptation to people with special needs, or immigrants. Also, in the series of presentations that have been carried out on good practices, topics, such as the importance of vocational training to end unemployment, analysis and reflections on how vocational education has been generalized, expanded to other age ranges. Not only young people study, and how support for people with special educational needs is managed in Finland within the VET. Some speakers were Adwoa Brewu, Business Coordinator at Omnia Skills Center, a support center for job search and training for immigrants in the city of Espoo. Matti Isokallio, Director of the Educational Federation Sataedu, who spoke about joint education between youth and adults. Or Saara Ikkelä, Specialist of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, who addressed the issue of the reform of continuous learning in Finland. The event will end today with a workshop and a final round of conclusions and synthesis of the most important data discussed at the meeting.
The Praline project aims to promote the exchange of good practices, and transnational cooperation, focusing on ICT and intercultural education. It started on January 15, 2021, and will last until January 2024, with this latest meeting being the seventh to be held since the project was launched.