Open lectures: Multilingualism in Sweden and Queering the upper secondary school in Iceland

NCoE JustEd invites you to an open seminar at the University of Helsinki on 20 May at 12:15-14:00
Room: Sh 229 (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A)
The event is open for everyone, free of charge, and there is no need to register in advance.

Multilingualism in Sweden – Some reflections on policy and practice. Marie Carlson, Department of Sociology & Work Science, University of Gothenburg

Queering the upper secondary school: Heteronormative discourse and the experiences of queer students in Iceland upper secondary schools. Jón Ingvar Kjaran, School of Education, University of Iceland.

See the abstracts of the lectures

Nyström award to Gunilla Holm

The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters celebrated its 177th anniversary on the 29th of April by awarding grants and prizes. The main prize of the society, Erik Nyström prize 25.000 €, was awarded to Gunilla Holm for her research on education and ethnicity, class and gender. Read more at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences website in Swedish or in Finnish.

Photograph: Tuomo Aalto

NordForsk and NCoE JustEd are seeking a communications specialist

The Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a communications specialist for the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries’ and NordForsk’s ‘Education for tomorrow’ programme between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2018. The communications specialist will work in close collaboration with the Centre of Excellence and the other projects in the programme. The communications specialist will be placed at the NCoE JustEd office in Helsinki, in the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki. The application period ends on 18 May 2015. For more information on this position, please visit the University of Helsinki website for open positions at (Specialist Faculty of Behavioural Sciences)

Looking back the achievements and challenges of Education for All, and envisioning the future collaboration and education post-2015

In April, UNESCO released the new edition of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”. A national launch of the report was organized by the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries’, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, and Global South network at the University of Helsinki and the Faculty of Education at the University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in Helsinki on 10 April.

About 50 participants listened to researcher Asma Zubairi from the UNESCO global monitoring team presenting the main findings of the freshly released report. Zubairi stated that there has been much education progress since 2000, but the goals of Education for All have not been reached, and major inequalities in education remain. Only a third of countries have achieved all of the measurable EFA goals. The EFA report reveals that there are still 100 million children who will not complete primary school in 2015, progress in reducing the adult illiteracy rates has been slower than expected, and the gender gaps remain in primary and secondary education as well as in adult literacy.

According to the EFA report, many countries have made progress in the access to education. The quality of education is also becoming more important, and the number of countries that monitor learning outcomes in order to improve education quality has doubled. However, the quality of education remains a substantial challenge. The good quality of education is related to the good quality of teachers and teacher education. The global challenge of teacher education is that less than 75% of primary school teachers were trained according to national standards in 30 countries out of the 91 countries with data for 2012. In six of these countries, the ratio of trained teachers was less than 50%.

The second part of the launch event focused on the future work and education post-2015. Professor Gunilla Holm chaired a roundtable discussion with seven representatives from Finnish ministries, academia, and civil society organizations. The post-2015 agenda encourages all countries to improve their policies coherently towards sustainable development. This requires intensified cross-sectoral cooperation and multi-stakeholder approach. The panelists discussed the key messages of the report and envisioned future collaboration possibilities across sectors.

The launch event brought a variety of stakeholders together to discuss education development. Additionally, the event aimed at providing policy advice for the Finnish delegation in World Education Forum which will be held 19-22 May in Incheon, in the Republic of Korea.

To download the full EFA report and to learn more about the report and the education post 2015, please visit the EFA GMR pages of the UNESCO website at


Reference: UNESCO 2015. Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges. Paris: UNESCO.