News From FinlandWay®
FinlandWay® Schools enters India with a new multi-unit partnership with Garodia Education in Mumbai.
Authentic high-quality early childhood education from Finland will finally become available in India. The first Garodia FinlandWay® preschool opens its doors in Mumbai in early 2021, in connection with the Garodia International Centre for Learning Mumbai. More units are to open over the coming months to increase access to the world-leading Finnish system, adapted for the needs of Indian children and families.
Partnership on a solid foundation of shared values
The partnership is built on a solid foundation of shared values, for instance placing the student at the centre of learning. Garodia Education Managing Director Mr. Nishant Garodia says:
“Garodia sees these values as not just consistent but centrally located in our own vision.
Firstly, we respect our own community’s legacy and the vibrancy of India with its diversity of outlooks and understandings.
Secondly, we adopt a professional model of service that offers quality and value against world standards.
Thirdly, our people are the most important investment of all in terms of empowering humans as learners, thinkers, leaders all realising their potential in a holistic education involving academics, arts and sports.
Fourthly, we aspire to deliver a safe and quality environment that embraces all community members as active partners through rigorous and challenging educational programmes.
And fifthly, we are a ‘values-centred’ organisation. We believe we all have a social responsibility to act ethically and with compassion to respect and empathise with a broad range of cultures, ideas and the environment to celebrate diversity and what it means to be human. We know that good people emerge from a great foundation of education.
Hence, our positive and exciting connection to FinlandWay®.”
The partnership marks FinlandWay®’s third new school in 2020 and the first FinlandWay® preschool in India.
“We are very happy about our new partnership with Garodia Education, a team of well-established, dedicated and leading educators who are aligned with our values”, says FinlandWay®’s Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Ms Noora Laitio.
“It is exciting to be entering the Indian market with such an experienced partner with a multi-unit growth map. Bringing in FinlandWay® at this moment coincides with the country’s new National Education Policy and we can set a great leading example of child-centred, innovative, science-based early education from the start.”
About Garodia Education
In 1969, Parmeshwari Devi Gordhandas Garodia set up a small school with seven students in a garage in the newly developing neighborhood of Garodia Nagar. The vision was to create an English medium school serving the community.
From this small acorn Garodia Education has grown into a major provider of quality education within Mumbai and regionally becoming a recognised trend setter and innovator in the education field. Over 3000 students are delighted to be part of the Garodia family, with a highly ranked Indian Board School, specialist Music and Sports colleges, a series of Pre-School establishments and a state-of-the-art world class international school, offering the challenging Cambridge and International Baccalaureate curriculums.
There is also a Teacher Training College and a US degree programme offered within the group. ‘Quality, safety and student centered’ are keywords that guide Garodia Education, bringing genuine opportunities for our community to have access to the very best global opportunities.
About Garodia FinlandWay®
The new Garodia FinlandWay® flagship unit will be located at the Garodia International Centre for Learning, Mumbai (GICL). The newly refurbished, state-of-the-art unit is expected to open in early 2021, circumstances allowing. Student registrations are open.
Warm congrats to FinlandWay’s Dr. Jonna Kangas for defending excellent teaching skills in Participatory Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education for her new Adjunct Professorship with the University of Turku.
The University may award the title of docent to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of their own discipline, capacity for conducting independent research or artistic work as evidenced by publications or otherwise, and good teaching skills.
Read more about our pedagogical experts and their special fields here.
FinlandWay® Schools is delighted to announce a new partnership with ECCO FinlandWay® in Santa Cruz, opening in 2021!
Isabelle and Ana Paula, the founders of ECCO FinlandWay®, wish to represent their values of equality, inclusion, continuous learning, personal growth and sustainability through the FinlandWay® partnership.
Their vision is to positively impact lives through early childhood education and social and environmental awareness.Their mission is to create a high-quality and mindful educational environment incorporating Finnish pedagogy and sustainability throughout the ecosystem.
“We chose FinlandWay® because of what they believe in and are able to deliver. We share their values and we know we can have a positive impact in Bolivia thanks to the high-quality early childhood education they provide. Not to mention how wonderful and seamless it has been to work with FinlandWay® from day one. Being able to offer the most recognized ECEC is a tremendous opportunity and we are beyond eager to become their partner school.” – Isabelle, co-founder of ECCO FinlandWay®
We look forward to working with ECCO FinlandWay® in our first Bolivian partnership and creating better beginnings together.
“Back to school” certainly looks different this year!
The accessible FinlandWay® Blended Learning support package has been created to help schools navigate the transition to the new normal and kick off the new school year with best practices and an enriched online/blended programme. Learn more here.
FinlandWay Schools is delighted to announce our partnership with Groupe Scolaire Al Amana and look forward to creating Better Beginnings together for the families of Tangier from 2021. The partnership with Groupe Scolaire Al Amana, the oldest private school in Tangier, marks the third FinlandWay cooperation in Morocco since 2019.
FinlandWay® Schools now brings early childhood education everywhere in the world with a new online learning platform, FinlandWay Family®. Users can enjoy monthly learning programmes with activities and learning targets for 1-6 year olds and parenting tips for everyday life. A free trial is available at www.family.finlandwayschools.com
FinlandWay® is delighted to be speaking at a collaboration webinar between FinlandWay and the Directorate of ECE Ministry of Education and Culture Indonesia and SEAMEO CECCEP tomorrow!
FinlandWay’s Dr. Jonna will be participating in discussion around the need of high quality early childhood education in the adaptation phase for New Normal. What could South East Asian countries learn from the Finnish education system?
Date: July 8th
Time: 9-11am (indonesia)
Register for the event here: http://seameo-ceccep.org/webinar#earlychildhood
On June 2nd, FinlandWay’s Pedagogical Expert Dr. Jonna Kangas gave a virtual lecture on Play- and Participatory Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education, in a webinar organised by the Embassy of Finland in Colombia and the National Association of Preschool ANDEP.
The event was fully booked and participated by 1000 live viewers in Colombia and neighbouring countries.
The webinar was the first part of a series of education webinars focusing on Finnish education.
The event can be watched in full here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1103551026679573
FinlandWay was delighted to be involved and another collaboration webinar is currently being planned – follow FinlandWay on social media to receive updates!
We are very excited about bringing the Finnish early childhood education methodology and expertise to Bogota in the near future and look forward to creating better beginnings in new locations.
FinlandWay is one of the three companies who, together with the support of ProColombia, are bringing the Finnish education model to Colombia, catering from early childhood education to higher education.
You can read the full article here:https://www.eltiempo.com/vida/educacion/modelo-finlandes-de-educacion-sera-aplicado-en-colombia-500232
FinlandWay International Preschools celebrated the opening of our second licensee unit in Morocco – the second authentic Finnish preschool in Africa – in the Casablanca region in partnership with Kidzmania.
The event was attended by His Excellency the Ambassador Mr Pekka Hyvönen at the Finnish Embassy in Rabat and Mr Jari Kaihari, Head of Business Finland Morocco whose actively participation in the launch event discussion was highly appreciated by everyone.