“When society focuses all of its attention on the economy and the increasingly dominant financial sector, it penalises and persecutes struggling young people.”
Susanna Kuparinen 21.11.2012

What kind of Finland do we aspire to in 2030?

A country of multi-skilled experts

- People in Finland learn and are active throughout their lives

In 2030, Finland will be a country of many skills, with a multi-skilled people. The competencies of everyone, from children to older people, will be utilised in a meaningful way. Everyone will make a personal contribution to society. Upon graduating from comprehensive school, people will be aware of their personal strengths and wish to learn more. No-one will be content with only a basic education. Skills will be smoothly complemented throughout working life. Educational paths will be available for learners of all kinds, with even short training periods supplementing overall learning. The educational system and working life will interact flexibly, with no-one being excluded. A flexible learning system will also facilitate effective use of foreign workforce.

Since multi-skilled people will be in demand in the future, the educational system must provide flexible options for combining even short training periods on a freer basis than today. Broad-based experience of failure and success will increase competence capital and prevent social exclusion. The Finnish school system is a success and a competitive asset. Enormous business potential lies in the productisation of education.

When people are multi-skilled, they have more options and support in taking risks. Society will be more stable when everyone is included. New polarities in the world are creating huge markets for expertise and education. In these markets, Finland could build businesses, while promoting stability and equality in developing countries and building good relations with growing markets.

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