JustEd panel discussion 20.7.2018:
Equal opportunities or predestined future?

In July, JustEd is arranging a panel discussion scrutinizing equal opportunities in education at the Finnish public debate forum SuomiAreena 2018.

In July, JustEd is arranging a panel discussion scrutinizing equal opportunities in education at the Finnish public debate forum SuomiAreena 2018.


Finland is usually considered a welfare society and an ideal paragon of equality, where everybody has equal opportunities to education and the ability to pursue the vocation and career of their choice. But in reality, do we actually have equal access to education in Finland or is this a false assumption?

PANEL DISCUSSION at the Finnish public debate forum SuomiAreena
Friday 20.7.2018 at 11:30 AM

Topic: Equal opportunities in education or a predestined future?
Time: Friday 20.7.2018 at 11.30 AM-12.30 PM
Place: In front of the City Hall, Hallituskatu 12, Pori
Organizers: The panel discussion is arranged by JustEd in collaboration with the Helsinki Summer University, Karvi (the Finnish Education Evaluation Center) and Barona.
Language: Finnish

Research findings demonstrate that the educational background of our parents, our socioeconomic background, place of residence, ethnical background and language influence substantially our possibilities when it comes to choosing our educational path and creating a successful vocation and working life. In addition, gender, sexual diversity and disability can have a significant impact.

Do young people in today’s Finland have equal opportunities to create a successful life or is their future predestined? Is the Finnish educational system directing children and young people towards a more equal future or are the social inequalities only growing?

This is the topic that our five panelists will dig into at the Finnish public debate forum SuomiAreena on Friday 20.7.2018. The panelists:

  • Sonja Kosunen (JustEd, University of Helsinki) examines how educational policies, parental school choices and schools in less advantaged neighborhoods can hinder or alleviate the pupils’ equal opportunities and future prospects.
  • Mikko Dufva (Sitra) is a leading foresight specialist. In his work, he examines future trends, the tensions between these trends and mental images connected with the future.
  • Tapio Huttula (Karvi) has a broad experience from the educational field. He has served as the Chairman of the Finnish Education Evaluation Council, as the Managing Director of the Humak University of Applied Sciences and as a counsellor for education at the Finnish Ministery of Education and Culture.
  • Antti Seitamaa (Suomen Ammattiin Opiskelevien Liitto SAKKI ry) is in charge of the #kampusrauhaa project, aiming to make vocational educational institutions a good place for each and everyone to get a profession.
  • Minna Vanhala-Harmanen (Barona) is a CEO and an advocate for a new kind of working life.

The host of the discussion is radio presenter Renaz Ebrahimi.

Welcome to assist the panel discussion, listening or asking questions!

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About the Author

About the Author: Charlotta Järf is in charge of the communications and marketing activities for JustEd, The Nordic Centre of Excellence, an international research network with 14 partner universities in 8 countries. With ten years of professional experience in Communications and Marketing, and five years as a TV, radio and newspaper journalist, Charlotta has a practical set of skills in strategical communications, PR, social media, graphic design, video and content production. .


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