Following a year-long research process HundrED, in partnership with The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), is to release a report examining the innovation-friendliness of the education sector.

We invite you to join us Friday, September 18th for a special webinar launch of this report, The Development of an Innovation-Friendly Education System. In the webinar, HundrED Founder and Creative Director Saku Tuominen will interview former Minister of Education for Finland and the current Director General of EDUFI, Olli-Pekka Heinonen. Registration details are available at the end of this article.

The world is changing — inside and outside of schools. It…

At HundrED we focus on finding innovative solutions to complex problems and there has been no problem more complex than the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the COVID-19 on global education has been — as no news outlet has failed to mention — nothing short of unprecedented.

Since last April over 1.5 billion of the world’s students have been affected by school closures. Students, parents, and educators have been forced to navigate new technologies and practices for remote learning, some with only days to prepare.

According to Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy…

“You go to school to learn. We believe that meanwhile, you can also learn a lot about the world around you” says Rob Houben, the manager of the Agora School in Roermond, Netherlands. Agora is a school with no classes, no classrooms, and no curriculum. It was selected for last year’s HundrED Global Collection for their innovative work in the field of education.

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In April, Rob participated in a panel discussion that brought together educators, representatives from healthcare departments, and other local officials to discuss how to safely reopen schools during COVID-19. Rob described feeling very conflicted after this discussion…

Cleary Vaughan-Lee is Executive Director of Global Oneness Project, an innovation bringing the world to the classroom using stunning documentaries, photo essays and stories exploring global issues through a humanistic lens. Global Oneness Project was selected as one of HundrED’s 100 Global Inspiring Innovations of 2017.

Please introduce yourself and your innovation.

Global Oneness Project is an educational multimedia platform and we tell authentic stories in engaging ways. We host short documentary films and photo essays which document social, cultural and environmental issues from all around the world and we also have lesson plans which accompany the stories.

Our stories highlight big, global issues, such…

The devaluation of the arts and humanities are everywhere. Whereas people are happy to fork out for the latest version of the iPhone or Samsung, we’ve become used to anything creative being available for free. Music can be streamed without paying, TV shows and films are easily findable illegally online, and though many won’t think twice about picking up a coffee everyday, books, cinema tickets or theatre trips are seen as expensive luxuries.

These attitudes filter into educational policies too. …

Extremist views are overtly present in many different countries around the world at the moment. The one constant in each country is education, and as such, education has a large part to play in keeping societies together and cohesive. This presents an opportunity for education to take the lead on mending fractured societies and to help people from different cultures and backgrounds integrate together.

Olli Vesterinen, Project Manager at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, told us ‘There needs to be a system that ensures young people are socialised into communities that consist of more than just their…

Children today are worryingly unfit and experts say sedentary lifestyles have a lot to answer for. The good news is there are so many opportunities to incorporate movement into the school day. We’ve put together a collection of innovations to get kids moving whenever and wherever they can!

Make Simple Changes To School Culture

Cleaning Tradition — Cleaning is a great way to burn off excess energy. In fact, 30 minutes of floor mopping can burn 150 calories! The Japanese tradition of O-Soji involves school children helping to clean their classroom for 15 minutes each and every day. Although not the intention behind this activity, all…

Gym Class. For some of us, those words send us into a reverie, with glowing memories of being carried on teammates shoulders after a jaw dropping goal or smashing our personal best on the track. For others, the mere mention of team sports and fitness drills is nothing short of nightmarish. But, love it or loathe it, physical education is a vital part of any education.

Though a minimum of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity is recommended (the more activity, the greater the health benefits), even a modest amount of physical activity can have health benefits

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring and the chance to frolic in the sunshine. We certainly are. Being cooped up all winter is no fun.

Yet for kids growing up today this sedentary, indoor, and isolated lifestyle is the norm all year round. Exploring nature used to go hand in hand with being a child but now children spend the vast majority of their time indoors. either at home or in the classroom. …

Lessons in environmentalism and sustainability are finally cropping up in classrooms worldwide. Yet despite being a topic of vital importance in this 21st century world, sustainability is more likely to be an add on, rather than a central feature, in school learning. What’s more, few professional development opportunities for teachers in this arena mean that even the most passionately eco minded educators can lack the skills and confidence to make their green teaching dreams a reality.

But Green School in Bali is changing this. The world renowned school runs a unique international Green Educator Course, creating a global network of…

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