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Teachers are in the front line of the transformation

We need every teacher’s educational drive to ensure that all learners can develop a sustainability mindset and acquire the knowledge and skills needed.

This urgent need is even stated in UN Sustainable Development goal 4, target 4.7. EduGems’ trainings foster systems thinking, argumentation skills, reflecting and give practical guidance how to promote change for the better. At EduGems have a holistic approach that incorporates the best pedagogical practices from the Finnish education system.

ESD Training steps

Course modules

All training modules are found from our online academy. In the academy you can enroll, purchase and study the modules. Upon purchase you receive immediate access to module’s learning materials. We strongly encourage to complete the modules in order for best learning experience.

Modules include self-study, interactive and practical project learning. Upon successful completion participants will receive EduGems Finland Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award.

Curriculum based on extensive research

EduGems Curriculum is designed by STEM specialist Dr. Marianne Juntunen from Finland. Dr. Juntunen is known as one of LUMA Center Finland’s STEM specialists and LUMA Center Lapland’s former steering group member for promoting science education in various tasks nationally and globally.

The Curriculum is based on her extensive research in Education for Sustainable Development in Science. The concepts of the dissertation of Dr. Juntunen “Holistic and inquiry- based education for sustainable development in chemistry” resulted in changes in the National core curriculum in Finland – top ranked education system in the world.

Dr. Juntunen has gained praise as one of the best educators in Finland; she has been nominated in year 2016 by national LUMA award as one of Finland’s most innovative STEAM teacher, especially in sustainable development issues. EduGems’ programs are certified by Education Alliance Finland.

Pedagogy

Finland is known for its high education standard. EduGems Finland offers teachers and schools education and training programs and lesson plans that are based on Education for Sustainable Development and future skills pedagogy.

STEAM

In EduGems modules, the STEAM pedagogy involves two or more approaches from Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts. The STEAM activities at EduGems courses develop students’ insights into learning to learn and solving real-world problems.

21st century skills

Our STEAM pedagogy focuses on the 5C’s of the 21st Century Skills: Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, Creativity and Career readiness. In practice, these means e.g. encouraging the students to ask questions and create arguments in teams, and learning to take thoughtful risks based on one’s own learning passions – in relation to sustainable development.

Sustainability

The quality of EduGems pedagogy is ensured by providing a research-based and certified teaching structure, which is in line with the National Core Curriculum in Finland. Learn to teach about sustainable development – from Finland!