“The needs of our economies and societies have changed to the point where learners of all ages are unable to address either the problems facing them or the problems ahead in a very uncertain and risky future,” said Valerie Hannon, co-chair and co-founder of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP).
HundrED is designed on the premise that the way to spark change on a global level is by identifying ambitious, proven education innovations and helping them spread. 75 of the 100 Finnish projects are already underway, with the final 25 being announced in December this year, and the ideas are grouped under the categories of Skills, Teaching, Assessment, Leadership and Learning Environments. The projects come from a range of sources, including teachers, schools, parents and other communities.
In the learning environments category, Tuomo Meretniemi has started the ‘Sail for Good’ project, where his three children (aged three, five and seven) will be educated on a sailing boat for the next six years, where they will visit around 75 different countries, using the open sea as a living world map to teach them. Tuomo says: “We want our kids to see the world and understand how beautiful it is. We want them to see how differently people can live their lives and still have a happy life. We hope they will grow up to be open-minded, independent and caring global citizens.”
Back on dry land, a Startup High School is being developed to create “authentic opportunities for students to develop communities through practice as well as developing competency in problem-solving”. Students will be encouraged to start their own business and sell their own products, with help from a network of companies.
HundrED is also looking for amazing innovations across the world as case studies, which will showcase the best ideas the world has to offer. Teachers, students, parents, politicians and entrepreneurs who if you are involved with an initiative that is taking a new and bold approach to education are encouraged to share their ideas.
Visit www.hundred.fi/innovations for more information.