Thursday, August 27, 2015

Breaking the silence

Even though nothing has been published here for a while, it doesn't mean that nothing has happened. Quite the contrary. Our school is still a very active UNESCO-school. The cooperation with our partner schools on other continents has not been active, however. Personal contacts still exist and we keep each other posted on a regular basis. Friends in Tanzania and the USA are highly valued! Hopefully the cooperation between schools will blossom in the future too.

Recently the emphasis in our school has been more on national and European cooperation. We are partners in a POLARIS - network that consists of several UNESCO schools in Northern Finland. This year we are starting yet another joint project under the heading "Rauha kasvaa" (i.e. peace grows / peace to grow). Our previous POLARIS project published pictures and posts e.g. in Facebook ( and in a Wikispaces site (

Another matter that made me very happy was a message from our former student that travelled to Tanzania with our internationality group in 2012. She is going to travel to Gambia, Africa, later this year to do a training period as part of her studies at the university. They will mostly work with pre-schoolers in Gambia. She asked me if she could come to our school to talk about the work Apu-Paku - organisation is doing there and how we could help. Donations, such as school supplies and material for arts and crafts, are already being gathered. We are happy to help! Ida will come to visit our school later this autumn.