Education must provide pupils with the basis for a broad general education and with the material and stimulus to broaden and deepen their conception of the world. This requires, inter alia, knowledge of feelings, religions, philosophies, history and culture. Teaching must provide aesthetic encounters and experiences in the various cultural fields and the opportunity to develop creativity, skills in handicrafts and sports ability.
As a response to a strong demand and need for an organised, systematic model of cultural education in schools, the culture and sports path KULPS! project was constructed in order to develop, deepen and structure the education of culture and sports inside the comprehensive school system in Espoo. It supports teachers in their work as well as the learning process of the pupils by broadening the learning environment outside the school. There is a strong demand and need for an organised, systematic model of cultural education in schools. Additionally, KULPS! was created to coordinate the cultural services offered by the town.
Some things are best learned in classrooms, but there are other things for which you simply have to leave the school and explore for yourself. Therefore KULPS! takes pupils to sports facilities, cultural locations and libraries and is free of charge, being part of basic education. During nine years of comprehensive school, Espoo pupils will come to know all of the major cultural and sports venues in Espoo. The project includes pupil assignments and teacher instruction by using the Opit online learning platform, which is shared by all pupils and teachers at comprehensive schools in Espoo. The library is a network of knowledge, skills and experiences familiar to and used by children and adolescents. Visits to a public library improve information-finding skills, necessary for studying school subjects, the mother tongue and literature. The library visits include instruction given by library staff. It is recommended that every pupil participate in the so called ‘Booktalk’ and information management teaching sessions at least once during comprehensive school. If it is difficult to travel from the school to the library, a library employee can also visit the classroom. The bookmobile visits schools according to its own schedule. In summary, learning is more interesting and colourful if pupils have the chance to visit new places and to hear and learn from professionals.
The project improves pupils’ working and cooperation skills, thinking, and information management and communication skills. The project augments the children’s general knowledge and broadens their view of the world, supporting their development into mature adults and responsible, critical members of society. It offers pupils experiences which, combined with their own creative efforts, constitute an interface between the pupils and the realm of culture. In addition, the project includes two or three visits per year to historical sites, museums, art exhibitions, concerts etc. Furthermore, it offers memorable and positive sports experiences, encouraging pupils to try out different kinds of sports at different times of the year and in different environments.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Sector:||Education (higher and lower), training and learning|
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|Keywords:||Cultural education policy, equality, cost efficiency, culture as a learning environment, sense of community|
|Short English description:||The project improves pupils’ working and cooperation skills, thinking, and information management and communication skills. The project augments the children’s general knowledge and broadens their view of the world, supporting their development into mature adults and responsible, critical members of society|
|Organisation:||City of Espoo - Community Education and Culture Unit|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|