Day: Thu 16 Nov, 2017
Time: 13:00–14:30, Parallel Session 6, Kero, Lappia Hall
Venue: Hero, Lappia Hall, Rovaniemi
How can culturally sustainable education address the changing environment? What are the requirements for sustaining Arctic communities faced with a rapidly changing environment, with the attendant major effects on their lifestyles?
Arctic people and communities do not live in isolation from the outside world, and neither do they live in a museum in which sustainability means conserving traditional ways of living. On the contrary, the people and communities living in the Arctic all have the right to be empowered and to take their future into their own hands. Thus, children and young people, the next generation, need to be educated to be ready and eager to face their future with resilience and empowerment. To educate the next generation, the Arctic requires teachers who are committed, high performing and who are willing and capable of delivering quality education that is both culturally relevant and sensitive and that empowers future generations and local communities.
But how can we identify culturally sustainable education? Are there some key features, or is it only lip service? Is there something that we can call Arctic pedagogy, something with a special focus on sustainable education and building the next Arctic generation?
Tuija Turunen - Leader of the UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education, Professor (Education; Primary Teacher Training) and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Lapland
Diana Hirshberg - Director, Center for Alaska Education Policy Research and Professor of Education Policy, Alaska
Pigga Keskitalo - Associate Professor, Sámi allaskuvla-Sámi University of Applied Sciences
Tuija Turunen - Professor (Education; Primary Teacher Training) and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Lapland
Ulla Aikio-Puoskari - Education Secretary of Finland's Sámi Parliament
Other invited speaker (tbc)