More than 50,000 government schools in Andhra Pradesh will have a Finnish touch to their curriculum this summer as the Scandinavian country is going to partner with the State in a big way in the field of education. As part of this ambitious project undertaken by the State Government with a university in Kajaani of Finland, the students will be taught the basics of designing games on computer.
“Children in Finland are taught computer games at the school level. We will work with the schools in AP this summer. We will first train the teachers who in turn teach the same to students. The first delegation from Finland will reach the State in two weeks,’’ said co-founder Brand Beaker and Peter Vesterbacka, who led a delegation from Finland to the Happy Cities Summit that was inaugurated at the CK Convention Centre in Mangalagiri on Tuesday.
Finland which prides on having the best educational system in the world, is also ranked the highest in the happiness index. The Nordic way of life which places high emphasis on quality education, leisure and quality life is worth emulating in the new Capital region.The Finnish delegation has also expressed its willingness to train the primary and high school teachers in the State and select teachers would be trained in the Finnish system of education in Finland.
‘Best in the world’
“Finland has the best education system in the world and it has taken 50 years to build this. I am sure that we can do this in AP in just 10 years. We have short school days in Finland and education is playful and we believe that learning should be intense,’’said Mr. Peter.
Moving on from gaming at the school level, the big contribution from Finland is a new University specialising in Robotics and AI at Amaravati. A MoU has been signed at the CII Partnership Summit held in Visakhapatnam in February to set up a Finnish University in the State.