Kirjoittajan arkistot: haukkalansaatio

For the Best of a Child conference

Conference and the launch of a book

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Date:            June 15, 2017, at 14–18 hours

Venue:         Tieteiden talo (House of Science and Letters), Kirkkokatu 6 (5th floor), Helsinki, Finland

Organizer: The Haukkala Foundation (, a member organization of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

Exhibition: The participants are offered a possibility to present materials (posters, brochures) of their work/organization

Dinner:        The conference dinner will be arranged at 19.00 in Restaurant Alia. More information about the evening will be provided to the participants who have indicated their attendance at dinner.

Excursion, June 16, from 9 to 13: A meeting with Professor Arto Kallioniemi, University of Helsinki, an expert of the Finnish teacher training, and an excursion to Saunalahti school. Additional information will be provided to the participants who have indicated their participation in the excursion,

Fee:              No conference fee; the venue, refreshments, and excursion are provided by the Haukkala Foundation; each participant pays for his or her other costs

Additional information:

Lunch:         The House of Science and Letters has a cafeteria (Tiedekahvila, Science cafeteria) for lunch and a nice setting for gathering before the conference

Accommodation: Please see suggestions below

Program of the conference

Chair: Päivi Fadjukoff, Adjunct Professor, Board Secretary of the Haukkala Foundation

14:00            Opening

Lea Pulkkinen, Professor, Chair of the Haukkala Foundation

14:05            Focus on learners – Towards students’ well-being through educational reforms

Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture

14:25            Towards child- and family-oriented services; appropriate support at the right time! Program for the improvement of provisions for children and families in Finland

Maria Kaisa Aula, Chair of the Governmental Program, Ministry of Social        Welfare and Health

14:45            Whole of government – Approach for the best of a child

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General, the Finnish National Agency for Education

15:00            Significance of a longitudinal study for policy work

Lea Pulkkinen, Professor
with Katja Kokko, Research Director at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä, and other colleagues

Compliments from the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä              Kaisa Aunola, professor, Deputy Head of the Department of Psychology


The launch of the book “Human development from middle childhood to middle adulthood: Growing up to be middle-aged” by Lea Pulkkinen in collaboration with Katja Kokko.

London: Routledge (to be published in May 2017) 

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break

A possibility to purchase the book: “Human development from middle childhood to middle adulthood: Growing up to be middle-aged
Exhibition: Alliance for Childhood Network Group, Janusz Korczak Foundation; the Netherland’s Institute for Educational Matters, and Talud Foundation


Chair: Tuomas Kurttila, Ombudsman for Children in Finland, Chairperson-elect, European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)

16:15           The quality of childhood in Europe at present and challenges for the future

Michiel Matthes, Co-founder and Chair of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

Member organizations of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group:

16:30             The actuality of the pedagogue Janusz Korczak

Helma Brouwers, Professor, board member of the Dutch Janusz Korczak Foundation

16:45             The contribution of Waldorf pedagogy to the present discussion on early education

Clara Aerts, Chair of the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE)

17:00           The why of education?

Nickel van der Vorm, Co-founder of NIVOZ (The Netherland’s Institute for Educational Matters)

17:15            What is learning for well-being?

Daniel Kropf, Founder and Chair of the Learning for Well-Being Foundation

17:30            Working for a Child Strategy for the Province of Central Finland

Päivi Fadjukoff, Project Manager, Haukkala Foundation

17:40            Discussion

17:50-18      Closing: For the best of a child

Tuomas Kurttila


The venue of the conference, House of Science and Letters, is located in downtown Helsinki, one kilometer to the south from the Helsinki Central Railway Station where a train from the airport arrives several times an hour.

Tieteiden talo, House of Science and Letters (built in 1925), is a neo-classist school building designed by Architect Elsa Arokallio. It was used by Helsingin tyttölukio (girls’ upper secondary school) and the University of Helsinki. Since 1997 it has been in the use of the 271 member societies of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

The House of Science and Letters is decorated by around 70 plaster reliefs by Emil Cedercreutz. There is an elevator in the house, but it is recommended to walk up the stairs to the fifth floor to see the arts of the house.

Emil Cedercreutz (1879-1949) was a Finnish Baron, sculptor and silhouette artist best known of his horse sculptures. He studied in the Finnish Art Society’s Drawing School in Helsinki and in Brussels and Rome (1903-1905) and Académie Julian in Paris (1906-1909). He was influenced by the sculptors like Charles van der Stappen, Constantin Meunier and Auguste Rodin as well as the Tolstoyan movement. Emil Cedercreutz Museum locates in Harjavalta (south-west Finland).


A suggested hotel is 200 meters from the Helsinki Central Railway Station in the direction of the venue. We have tentatively reserved a few rooms (to be booked by 1 June) in HOTEL ARTHUR  Address: Vuorikatu 19, 00101 Helsinki.

Comfort room (single) 115 euros per night, double 135 euros per night (incl. breakfast). Booking: or +358091734441, code HAUKKALA.

This hotel is decent and much used, for instance, by university people. There are several higher star hotels in Helsinki, which one can easily find in the internet if any of them is preferable.

Finland’s centenary year 2017

Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Finns after a long struggle. In spite of hard times, the Finnish people have for almost a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. Now the Finns are leading their country into a new century with courage and determination.

The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The centenary emphasises Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy by offering Finns and friends of Finland diverse and international centenary programme in Finland and abroad. The centenary year provides opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilee together and set the course for Finland’s future success.

Come and join our celebration!

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Mathias Urban: Democratic accountability and contextualized systemic evaluation. A comment on the OECD initiative to launch an International Early Learning Study (IELS)

Professor Mathias Urban, a member of the International ’Reconceptualising Early Education’ movement has informed the Haukkala Foundation about a document which has been sent to a representative of the OECD and posted on several contexts. The document expresses concerns about early education and care. Professor Mathias Urban gave a Keynote address in the Haukkala Foundation seminar on Early Education and Care in a Turning Point? 30.9.2016.

Conference: Early childhood education and care in a turning point? 30.9.2016

Varhaiskasvatus käännekohdassa?

Venue: University of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto (Alvar Aallon katu 9), Helena-sali

Lapset leikkimässä

OHJELMA / Programme 

The sessions before noon will be in English

10.00 Avaus / Opening
Professor, Dean Marja-Leena Laakso, Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä

Keynote: We can turn the tide: Reclaiming well-being and social justice as the foundation of early childhood education
Professor Mathias Urban, Director of Early Childhood Research Centre, University of Roehampton, UK

Ombudsman for Children Tuomas Kurttila
Professor Maarit Alasuutari, Department of Education, University of Jyväskylä
Professor Lea Pulkkinen, Chair of the Board of the Haukkala Foundation


12.00   Lunch break / lounastauko

Iltapäivän ohjelma on suomenkielinen

13.00 Millaisten paineiden takia varhaiskasvatusta pyritään kehittämään ja miten?

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön puheenvuoro: Kirsi Alila, opetusneuvos

Opetushallituksen puheenvuoro: Erityisasiantuntija Pia Kola-Torvinen

Kuntatason todellisuus: Sivistyksen toimialajohtaja Eino Leisimo, Jyväskylän kaupunki

14.00   Kahvitauko

14.30   Miten varhaiskasvatus koetaan?

Lapsen kohtaaminen varhaiskasvatuksessa: Tarua ja totta pienten lasten sosiaalisista ja älyllisistä tarpeista
Professori Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen

Työelämän näkökulma. Lapset ja perheetkö aina joustavat?
Professori Anna Rönkä, kasvatustieteiden laitos, Jyväskylän yliopisto

Vanhempien ja lasten näkökulma
Toiminnanjohtaja Ulla Siimes, Suomen Vanhempainliitto

15.30 – 16.00 Paneeli. Esiintyjien puheenvuorot yleisön kommentoitavana

Printable program (in finnish) (pdf)

Welcome to discuss about the current development of early childhood education and care! Register by September 26th here

Conference is co-organized by Haukkala Foundation and Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä.

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More information: Secretary of Haukkala Foundation Päivi Fadjukoff, puh. 050 5181410

Conference is part of the European Researchers´ Night event. Theme of the Night 2016 is change. European Researchers´ Night in co-funded by the EU´s Horizon 2020 Programme. More information about Researchers´ Night and its events in Jyväskylä here.

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Co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Project

Expert forum 30.10.2010

Asiantuntijafoorumi: Lapsille ja nuorille hyvinvointia yhteisvoimin

Ajankohta: 30.10.2013, klo 12.30-16.15.
Paikka: Tietotalo, Voutisali, Kilpisenkatu 1, Jyväskylä
Järjestäjä: Haukkalan säätiö

Foorumin tarkoitus
Foorumiin on kutsuttu keskeisiä lasten ja nuorten hyvinvoinnin edistämiseksi toimivia asiantuntijoita ja vaikuttajia. Tarkoitus on keskustella siitä, miten Keski-Suomessa voidaan vahvistaa sellaista yhdessä toimimisen kulttuuria, joka edistää lasten ja nuorten hyvinvointia. Yhdessä tekeminen vaatii verkostoitumista. Verkoston rakentaminen ja ylläpito puolestaan vaatii toimijaa ja resursseja, joita Haukkalan säätiö on omalta osaltaan valmis tarjoamaan.

Foorumin työtapa
Foorumin pääpaino on eri toimialoilta kutsuttujen osanottajien näkemyksissä lasten ja nuorten hyvinvoinnin edistämisestä ja yhteistyön mahdollisuuksista (ks. seuraava sivu).