There is a reason why Finland is known as “one of the best places in the world to be a student”, as the country has an extremely efficient educational system.
Students in Finland are rarely given home work. Instead, they are encouraged to play more, as that makes them more social and boosts their creativity level.
Also, schools in Finland are able to set their own timetables, which can include 15 minutes of playing for every 45 minutes spend “working” (source: Timothy D Walker, The Atlantic).
Opportunity for everyone
Finns believe every student is capable of reaching the same high standards, so all children have access to preschool up to the age of 7. Oh, and they all have personalized learning support.
There are no privately funded schools in Finland, which means that all children get equal educational opportunities. Teaching is well paid and highly respected profession. Teachers are trusted to get on with the job.
Investing in education
The advantages don’t stop once you leave high school, as university education is free, and the country spends more of its GDP on education (1.2%) than other OECD countries (0.8%) (Source: OECD).
What could your country learn from Finland’s approach to education?