A group of lecturers of the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education recently visited Finland to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the Finnish model of UDL in inclusive education.
The delegation was composed of Deputy Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia, Associate Professor Araksia Svajyan and a number of officials of the education field, as well as representatives of the Republican Pedagogical and Psychological Center.
Marianna Harutyunyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation, Associate Professor of the Chair of Logopedics and Rehabilitation Therapy, says the Finnish education system stands out all over the world: teaching is the most respected profession there.
The vice-rector says the key secret to success in the Finnish education system is the level of education and qualification of a teacher; everything is built on trust. “Education regulators and school principals trust teachers, teachers trust pupils and parents, and vice versa. Teamwork is important in Finland. Mutual assistance is considered the main guarantee of work efficiency among teachers,” Marianna Harutyunyan said in a conversation with aspu.am, adding that she would like to see the same attitude towards teachers in Armenia. In that context, she stressed the role of the Pedagogical University saying it is really binding.
The ASPU official emphasized the fact that in the Finnish education system special attention is paid to the ‘quality of education’ and the ‘right to education for all’. She says everyone has a right to education, everyone has their educational goals, which must be clearly defined and respected.
On the sidelines of the visit, the Armenian delegates also visited the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland where they met with the Deputy Minister of Education.
The sides discussed cooperation-related issues and agreed to deepen cooperation in in the fields of general education and higher education. They expressed hope that the visit will enable to discuss future steps to be taken in Armenia in the context of universal inclusive education and to take firm steps to move forward, ensuring everyone's right to education in our country.
The visit was organized and fully funded by the university's partner - the Perkins International.