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NEWS Umeå School of Education is aiming to strengthen the education and research collaborations in the area of Arctic teacher training for social justice and equality by taking part in a project with four other Northern universities.
The purpose of the project is to create a joint module for student teachers and simultaneously strengthen future collaborations in research, education and third-stream activities focusing on Arctic teacher training.
"With this project, we are forming the basis for student teachers who are planning on teaching in Northern regions. The students will be provided better insights into the particular geographical, cultural, social, linguistic and educational conditions that characterise the Euro-Arctic region. From a wider perspective, the educational investment will also benefit young people and children's schooling in the region," says Björn Norlin.
A first step in this work is to establish a more organised collaboration and increasingly active channels for exchanging experiences and knowledge between the departments responsible for teacher training in the Euro-Arctic region. In the long run, participating universities also want to establish a virtual resource centre and a joint Nordic Master's programme within the teacher training.
The project has been granted funds from the Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Higher Education Programme. Participating higher education institutions are Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Oulu, University of Lapland and Umeå University. The project is coordinated from the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland.