On the morning of December 8, 2023, at Hanoi National University, Wise Consulting Finland Oy and the Center for Education Research and Application (University of Education) successfully co-organized the book launch event Playful Learning in Early Childhood Education in Finland. The original version was published last year by Otava and now the Vietnamese translation is published in Vietnam according to an agreement between WCF and Otava.
The event attracted nearly 100 teachers, guests along with Finnish and Vietnamese educators:
Professor Sara Sintonen (University of Turku, Finland), MA Anneleen Burmansson, a 20 year of experience ECE educator, Mr. Pasi Toiva, Managing Director of Wise Consulting Finland Oy; Associate Professor. Tran Thanh Nam, Vice Principal of the University of Education,
Ms. Vu Huyen Trinh, Early Childhood Education Department, Ministry of Education and Training, Ms. Le Anh Lan, representative of UNICEF Vietnam, Associate Professor. Bui Thi Lam, Head of the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, Hanoi University of Pedagogy, Associate Professor. Nguyen Thu Huong, Head of the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, Hanoi University of Pedagogy 2, Dr. Hoang Thi Nho, Head of the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Education, Ms. Pham Thi Lam, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Tan Thoi Dai Education System, Dr. Chu Thi Hong Nhung, Director of the Center for Research and Application of Educational Science...
The event officially started after welcome speeches from Associate Professor. Tran Thanh Nam (Vice Rector of the University of Education), H.E. Keijo Norvanto (Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam), and Mr. Pasi Toiva (CEO at Wise Consulting Finland Oy).
Next, Wise Consulting Finland Oy and the University of Education signed a memorandum of understanding with the common goal of bringing the quintessence of Finnish Education to Vietnamese Education. Early Childhood Education in Vietnam is entering a new stage of development, recording great strides to contribute to the comprehensive development of Vietnamese children, while adjusting to the trends of advanced educational systems in the world. On the other hand, Finland has long been famous for its outstanding quality of education globally. The country tops many important rankings, from Early Childhood and Primary Education, to the Child Rights Index, National Prosperity Index, and Worldwide Educating for the Future, also the happiest country in the world for 6 consecutive years according to the United Nations World Happiness Report. Finland's notable achievements in the field of education has a significant contribution from the Early Childhood Education level. The cooperation agreement between WCF and the University of Education will contribute significantly to Vietnamese children's access to Finnish programs and teaching methods.
Right after that, Finnish Education experts, MA Anneleen Burmansson and Professor Sara Sintonen from the University of Turku, Co-founder of the Playful Learning Center presented the method of Playful learning in Finnish early childhood education.
Last but not least, Vietnamese early childhood education experts talked and shared their perspectives on an engaging panel discussion on Finnish Education. The end of the discussion session also marked the end of the book launch event. From now on, the book will carry out its mission - bringing knowledge and experience from Finnish early childhood education to Vietnamese early childhood education.
Watch the event recap here