November 24, 2016

HundrED reaches out to the world

The HundrED team wants to develop the programme into a world-class concept.
The HundrED team wants to develop the programme into a world-class concept.
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Education programme HundrED has opened an office in London, new countries are joining in and ten international events are to be held.

The holding company of the organisation, formerly known as SCOOL, will also be renamed HundrEd.

HundrED is a part of Finland’s centennial year of independence celebrations. The programme’s objective is to create case studies of 100 Finnish and 100 global innovations in education, and then share them with the world free of charge in autumn 2017.

In Finland alone, over 200 schools are already participating in HundrED.

The organisation has opened an office in London. The international team currently employs three people. There are ongoing talks with five possible countries about launching their own HundrED projects in the next few years. According to the HundrED CEO Saku Tuominen, the goal is to implement HundrED on every continent before the end of this decade.

“Great things are happening in schools in Finland and all around the world that deserve more attention than they are receiving,” he says. “We want to assist the spreading of these ideas. Our goal is to be the world’s leading expert in education innovation by 2020.”

On top of this, a series of seminars sharing the programme’s key insights will be organised next autumn, covering more than 10 major cities all over the world.

HundrED has also welcomed new shareholders. Supercell’s Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja and Lifeline Ventures’ Petteri Koponen and Timo Ahopelto have joined the team. Paananen points out that they’re involved as private persons and don’t seek profit through their invesments.

“Our interests lie in the sharing of excellent ideas and innovations in education,” he comments. “That is enough for us.”

Koponen agrees: “This democratisation of teaching and learning interests me a lot. The possible investment profit is secondary in this case.”

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