The third part of REGI training program for social work professionals took place on 10th of January 2017. The inspiring day was carried out by Maarika Pukk, a long-term lecturer of Tallinn University and Pedagogical Seminar, who is currently residing in Finland. The training covered a wide range of topics, but the main focus was child-initiated education in Finnish education system. Besides lot of practical experiences with Estonian children in the context of Finnish educational system through the eyes of social workers and teachers were discussed.
In summary, Maarika Pukk said: „I have been living in Finland for now over a year, but my experiences and earlier enriching educational cooperation with Finnish colleagues has been lasted over 25 years.
REGI training program is extremely important and carries significant values for people who move to Finland to live, work or study. I saw it in today's listeners, who inspired and asked a lot of questions and thought about the issues. My key message, delivered to the different specialists today, carried a concept of „child initiated education“, which sould enrich Estonian society and to give a new provide a new direction for our educational changes, where an individual will influence and have a say and to enrich the Estonian society. In order to Estonian society become more open in everyday life and that people feel as equal members in society.“
„For me as a trainer for a day, it was also instructive. Issues that were of interest to various professionals, gave me thinking substance on how to get support for the project itself or to search for new contacts in Finland, which would still give different values REGI project "said Maarika Pukk in conclusion.
The feedback from the 28 social work professionals participating in the training was very positive. "I got a clearer and more accurate picture of the Finnish educational policy and the principles of child-initiated education" said one listener. "The training gave a good overview of the Finnish education system structure, and trends in the value of the principles," said another. It was considered important that the lecturer was Estonian and was able to compare the school systems and way of life of two states. Vivid and painful stories of real people's experiences in adapting to life in Finland were assessed as useful examples. Desire to participate in REGI project training program is big among the specialists in the field, which indicates the need for information and knowledge.