Better Integration through Education

In 2009, the Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned an independent enquiry into the state of language teaching for immigrants. The report revealed a number of shortcomings in the existing system.

The ensuing plan for the improvement of integration training was implemented in a large pilot project covering the entire country from 2010 to 2013. The cost, around €9m, was covered by two foundations and three ministries together. The project was meant to provide a basis for remodelling all public integration education in Finland.

Perhaps naively, the Finnish Cultural Foundation believed that the promised remodelling would take place without any further encouragement. In autumn 2015, when the number of immigrants surged, it turned out that very little had actually happened. In 2016, the plans are finally being put into use.

The foundation has also supported a highly efficient network of women volunteers offering tuition in literacy and Finnish to immigrant women.

  • Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • Finland

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