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Information for those who work as a teacher

Teachers face immigrants of different ages in their work. In the role of a teacher, you can support the development of readiness and competence as well as provide material in the person’s native language or plain language. 

Children and teacher in classroom

Integration training Integration training includes Finnish or Swedish language teaching, as well as teaching in reading and writing when needed or other training that promotes access to employment or further training.
Studying Finnish or Swedish The aim of integration training is for the student to learn basic skills of Finnish or Swedish.
Plain language Materials written in a clear and plain manner are a good tool at the early stages of language learning when the person’s Finnish skills are not sufficient for understanding communications by authorities.
Integration in Swedish The Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration gives immigrants the right to choose Swedish or Finnish as their primary integration language.
Children, young people and families Integration work with children, young people and families involves a family orientation, support for the integration of children and young people, representation of minors, aftercare and uniting families.
Digital and online services There are many multilingual online and digital services for both immigrants and integration operators in Finland.

News for teachers and those working in educational institutions

Compulsory education to be extended in 2021
16.4.2021 | News item
As stated in Prime Minister Marin’s Government Programme, compulsory education will be extended in 2021. With the extension, the minimum school leaving age will be raised to 18 years and student guidance and welfare services will be improved.
Online and digital services support language and social studies
23.3.2020 | News item
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, contact teaching in liberal adult education institutions and adult basic education has been suspended. Educational institutions provide distance teaching, taking into account students’ learning abilities and other opportunities available. The Centre of Expertise for Immigrant Integration has put together multilingual materials for independent studies in subjects such as languages and social studies, and for supporting integration.
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