tiistai 10. huhtikuuta 2018

Racism Free Day 2018

This year we celebrated Racism Free Day with program that was completely planned and led by a group of first year high school students. All the participants can certainly agree that they succeed in their task! :)

We started the event by watching a film about a slum area in Romania. I'm sure that after seeing the film many of our students now understand better why a lot of Roman people travel abroad to beg.

Afterwards we played a kind of role play. We got pieces of paper with different kinds of identities. Then we heard various statements and reacted to them according to our position in the global society. 

The role play really concretized us how the world is not equal.

Are you a 53 years old Swedish man with wife and two kids, doctor and summer house in Spain? Or are you a 6 years old kid from a slum area in Namibia where you work 10 hours a day in a factory to by food to your five siblings because your parents are dead?

Acting according our new identities - is this fair?

Additionally we had a quizz and a discussion with help of pictures by Red Cross.

How would you describe a family? Is it similar everywhere in the world?

How would you define a racist?

How would you react in a situation where somebody spit a immigrant to the face in the street?

Thank you Tolerance-group for well planned event! We all got new viewpoints to the equality!

tiistai 13. helmikuuta 2018

Theme Day 7th February 2018

On Wednesday 7th February we had the first day of new period, and since last school year we have celebrated the day by having a bit special program with no regular lessons. This time we invited local Red Cross' voluntary group Salamatiimi to participate the day with us, because we wanted to provide our students a natural way to use English and to work with people from different culture. You can read more about Salamatiimi and their activity here

After we divided us to four groups we started the program with basketball. Then the program continued with various workstations. Below you can see photos of all four stations. 

At the first workstation the groups planned and filmed a short video. The results can be seen at the end of this page.

At the next station the groups explained and/or drew various words to each others and competed against other groups.

Third station was about baking cookies.

Last station was called "Flowers with similarities and differences". The group made a colorful flower witch the filled with things that are common to all the group members and things that make everyone unique compared to others in group. The results can be seen at top of this page.

First group's video: 

The other videos are missing. Students, please send them to Johanna's email so we'll add them here. :)

tiistai 30. tammikuuta 2018

School Day of Non-Violence and Peace 2018

Our school participated the international celebration of School Day of Non-Violence and Peace this year as well. Our task this year was to make a flag and record the making process. Below you can see our video. 

This final global video shows you a little celebrations at all the 44 participating schools in 23 different countries on 5 different continents. Our part is at 02:43. Enjoy!

keskiviikko 13. joulukuuta 2017

St. Lucia and the Theme Days 2017

As every year since 1949 we celebrated St. Lucia in our school on St. Lucia's day, December 13th. 

While Lucia visits sick and old people with her maids and choir spreading light, hope and love, the other students in high school have theme days, where charity and humanity are usually in the main role.

This year we had an opportunity to hear 18 year old Afghan boy Khadem tell about his journey to Finland and Oulu. He also told about life in Afghanistan and the differences between these two countries. Our students found the presentation very interesting, and afterwards they had a lot of thoughts about the topic. 

In the photos below you can see Khadem and our students, and some of the thoughts they wrote and drew after the presentation. 

You can read more about this year's St. Lucia of Oulu here (in Finnish). 

Here can you read our last year's post about St. Lucia and see the awesome video that is made by our students.

keskiviikko 22. marraskuuta 2017

Mahdollisuuksien päivä – The Day of Possibilities

Our students Emma and Rasmus visited a fair event called Mahdollisuuksien päivä, where various possibilities to study and work were presented from the Roma people point of view. The fair took place on 2nd of November in Pohjankartano School. There were information desks where various learning institutions and employers told about the possibilities that they have. There was also a presentation about the Romani culture.

Our students felt that they got new information about the Roma people and their roots. ”They are people like anybody else and equal to all of us.  The Roma people shouldn’t be treated in a different way just because of their background,” they think.

The Romani minority in Finland
There has been Roma people in Finland since 16th century. Nowadays their social situation is pretty good compared to many other European countries, but it hasn’t always been like this. Roma people have been discriminated, and still there are many things that need improvement.
Romani language gained a minority language status in Finland in 1995. The status guarantees some rights, but issues like accommodation, subsistence and education have been problematic. During last decades, also health education has been important aspect in improving Rome people social status.
The National Roma Forum of Finland (FRF) was established in 2007 to promote and monitor the realization of the Roma people’s basic and civil rights. FRF works against all kinds of racism, anti-gypsisim and discrimination. FRF promotes Roma culture and Romani language, Roma people’s social integration, participation in public life and decision making.

(References: romanomission.fi, magma.fi, romanifoorumi.fi)

tiistai 17. lokakuuta 2017

Meeting in Braga

Almost the whole "Leading Lights" group on the stairs of Bom Jesus sanctuary

Third meeting of the project "Leading Lights" was in Braga, Portugal, 9th - 13th October 2017. From our school students Emma and Laura and teachers Eva and Johanna participated the meeting. 

As earlier we collaborated with Laanila High School. To get to know each other before the trip and to have something to take with us to an international picnic, we baked some cinnamon buns together on Friday evening before the departure. 

 Baking cinnamon buns with students and teachers from Laanila High School

The main theme in Portugal was "Celebrating Difference". Every school had prepared a presentation about how the students who are blind or deaf or who others have special needs, have been taken as an equal part of the school community. Since in the previous meetings people have been interested about the Swedish speaking minority in Finland, our students presentation was held from that point of view and the special needs were taken into account in the larger perspective, with the help of Laura´s video about accessibility in Oulu.

Emma and Laura's presentation

 (This wasn't a part of presentation ;) )

During the sunny five days we familiarized us with the students with special needs, and visited different associations and churches as well as a synagogue and a museum. We also heard a touching lecture about discrimination issues in schools by an university researcher. We visited also the towns of Porto and Guimaraes, and got to meet the mayor of Braga. :)

International picnic at the school farm

Team Finland. In the back row: Nina, Siina, Johanna, Eva and Jarkko.
In front: Noora, Emma, Laura and Aapo.

Synagogue of Porto

Picnic in the City Park of Porto

Outside of a Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence


Group photo

The week in Braga was really succeed. Both students and teachers made a bunch of new friends and learned a lot about equality. The various activities challenged our ways to think and opened eyes to look things from different aspects.

At the end of week every participant got a certificate in a festive ceremony with vibrant applause. Thank you, Portugal and all the nice people there!

lauantai 7. lokakuuta 2017

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is a yearly event held on 26 September. It celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with over 200 European languages, 24 official EU languages, about 60 regional or minority languages and many more languages spoken by the people.
The meaning of the day is to raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe, to promote cultural & linguistic diversity and to encourage people of all ages to learn languages.
The European Day of Languages was established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. This year was the 16th time to celebrate the day.

This year the day was celebrated in Oulu as the main event in Finland. The celebrations took place at the shopping center Valkea. There were many kind of activities, such as stage performances, information desks, quizzes, immersion and - what our students liked the most - orientation trial with different kinds of functional games.