Looking for University Lecturers with passion for social justice and diversity

By on 24.03.2016 in Public dissemination

University of Helsinki is hiring two University Lecturers for the new Swedish-language teacher education programme starting this autumn. The focus of the new lower comprehensive school teacher education programme is social justice, diversity and multilingualism, and it places a significant focus on prospective teachers’ ability and tools to work in an increasingly culturally diverseschool environment.

The new programme is directly linked to the Nordic Centre of Excellence JustEd, and has mainly been built by people within the Centre who have an interest in the teacher education programme.

“We have researched diversity, multilingualism and social justice for many years. When the new teachers graduate, they will have the results of our research at their disposal to use in their classrooms,” says Gunilla Holm, Director of NCoE JustEd.

NordForsk: Professor Gunilla Holm and Fritjof Sahlström. Foto: NordForsk/Terje Heiestad

Professor Gunilla Holm and Fritjof Sahlström. Foto: NordForsk/Terje Heiestad

Gunilla and Fritjof Sahlström are the strong forces behind the founding of the new programme. “Ensuring that the linguistic minority in a society has access to a sound education is a matter of fairness,” states Fritjof. “Here we have a situation in which the minority does not have the same conditions as the majority, and it is important to do something about this.”

Ever since they first came up with the idea for the new teacher education programme in 2013, the two colleagues have used a great deal of time to gain the support of their own administration, stakeholders and politicians, and to obtain funding. So far they have received EUR 7.2 million in grants. They admit it has been a lot of work.

“With the societal development we are seeing in Finland today, educating teachers who can work for an inclusive society is a critical social mission,” says Fritjof.

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About the Author: Journalist currently working as Communications Specialist at the Nordic Centre of Excellence "Justice through Education in the Nordic countries" and in NordForsk's programme "Education for Tomorrow". .

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