What a lovely place! Joensuu is a beautiful town. Everywhere is very clean and the way of life is very quiet and calm.
Today we have had time to learn about each other’s schools and found out a little bit about the Finnish education system. Children begin pre-school at 6 and then start their basic education at age 7. They have to stay in school until they are 16 before having the option of a further year. They can then go to college for 3 years before doing Degrees and Masters qualifications.
Being a teacher is a sought after job and competition for places at teaching college is fierce. Children do different amounts of hours depending on what year they are in. Year 1 and 2 children do 19 hours per week whilst Year 9’s do 30 hours. Summer holidays are 10 weeks long!
We have also had some free-time to explore the town and earlier the NPAT staff had a cracking and fun walk along the Pielisjoki River. We even found some snow deep enough to make big footprints in (we are children too!)