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OUT OF THE BOX – Sustainability education in Finland

Courses in 2024

This course is about sustainability education and a showcase on various methods and focus areas on green competencies and a sustainable society.  

  • Interested in transforming your teaching into something that is more sustaining both for you, your target audience – and the planet
  • Dreaming of taking your teaching to new environments, perhaps outdoors, into diverse real life learning environments? 
  • Needing pedagogical tools and hands-on activities?  
  • Hoping to get more motivation and courage in taking up on sustainability issues both in your teaching and with your colleagues or other adults? 

Pondering how to get started? Come and join us on this course in Helsinki in 2024.  

Why choose the ‘OUT OF THE BOX – Sustainability education in Finland’ course?   

  • Improve your understanding of key sustainability competences as per the European sustainability competence framework GreenComp.  
  • Try out various inspiring methods you can directly apply in your own teaching.  
  • Gain practical tools for sustainability education.  
  • Learn how to use authentic learning environments in your teaching.  
  • Exchange with and learn from other teachers from all over Europe.   

For whom? The course is for teachers working in lower and upper secondary education, vocational schools, or adult education, as well as other professionals in different fields interested in course topics or content. The methods introduced during the course can be applied to many different age and target groups.  

When? We have four courses during the year 2024. Read more and register below.

Where? In Helsinki, Finland, and nearby environments.  

By whom? SYKLI Environmental College is a national specialist vocational college. We train professionals in different sectors to take concrete steps towards sustainability. Our aim is to build green competencies and increase the quality of sustainability education at all levels of the education system and throughout society. In Finland, SYKLI is known as a pioneer in environmental and sustainability education. SYKLI is the only institution in Finland offering a one-year-long study program in Environmental Education for teachers and other education professionals, as well as programs in Circular Economy, Water Management, Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development.  Our aim is to enhance green competencies and increase quality in environmental education in all levels of the education system and throughout the society!  

Sign up for courses

Please register via the links below.

Course program

DAY 1: Monday. Sustainability can take us anywhere! 

  • Welcome to Sykli environmental College! 
  • Getting to know our staff & team at SYKLI Environmental College: Adult Vocational training – a Speedway to Green Transition?  
  • Sustainability education is the game changer!
  • Environmental Education Theoretical models

DAY 2: Excursion to Seurasaari Park and open-air museum 

Promoting well-being and sustainability competencies in Finnish Nature  
Adding new tools to your pedagogical sustainability toolbox  

  • GREEN CAMP – Introducing the Green Competencies defined in the European sustainability competence framework GreenComp. 
  • Outdoor teaching ideas for all education

DAY 3: Adding more tools to your pedagogical sustainability toolbox  

  • Circular economy in practice: CIRCULA – Gamified learning about the circular economy
  • Excursion to Heureka Science Center 

DAY 4: Get to know our schools!

  • Possibility to visit a local VET school or Early education center           

DAY 5: Teach where tomorrow is. Teach where You want tomorrow to be. 

  • Futures Frequency workshop 
  • Promoting sustainability at work: How to motivate and engage colleagues: Tools for reflection and evaluation.  
  • Course feedback 

Course fee: As stated in the official documents of the Erasmus+ Programme, the course fee is 440 € (80 € per participant per day /400 € per person for a 5-day course + 40 € organizational costs. The course fee covers costs directly linked to the implementation of mobility activities, including monitoring and support of participants during the mobility and evaluation of learning outcomes. Any other cost will be covered by the applicant organization by using the grant received from the respective National Agency for individual and organizational support. The course fee must be paid by bank transfer before the course starts. The event will be confirmed one month prior to the beginning.  

Student feedback:
Thanks for all your effort for the great experience. The course is rich in content and very resourceful.”

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Katariina Mustonen

Trainer, Cooperation & Development