Akatemia In English International Projects

The Workers' Academy is involved in EU-projects with topics related to democracy, multiculturalism and cultural awareness. The Nordic Council of Ministers, has funded immigration and Scandinavian history-related projects. The Academy also collaborates with several other European adult education and trade union institutions.

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Workers' Academy / Työväen Akatemia
Vanha Turuntie 14
FIN-02700 Kauniainen

Jari Valtari, Principal:
Telephone: +358 9 5404 2419
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International projects

Maturing in the European Labor Market

The Academy participates with the German Trade Union Confederation, DGB Hessen to coordinate the project, which aims to extend the working life of the older population. The project also involves the Polish trade union Solidarnosc Poznan.


Finland's report is available for download link (Pdf file, 120 kb ).
The full report will be published in early 2011.
The project site.

GRUNDTVIG 2 - BELLA - Better Access - Local and Regional Networks for Life Long Learning

2008 - 2009
Promotes access to lifelong learning in their area.

Coordinator: Bildungshaus Zeppelin - Heimvolkshochschule Goslar, Germany

  • Workers' Academy
  • Kocaeli Belediyesi Büyüksehir - Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality , Turkey

GRUNDTVIG 2 - ROI - ”Recycling Old Icons – From a Classic Play to Modern Language”

... is a two-year learning partnership project co-ordinated by the Workers’ Academy involving the French university de Nice Sophia Anntipolis, Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines, Swedish Folk High School Arbetarrörelsens Folkhögskola in Göteberg and German adult education organisation Arbeit und Leben, Hamburg e.V.

GRUNDTVIG 2 - PULSE - Perceptions and Understanding through Life Stories in Europe

2006 - 2008
What do people think about the different countries of European identity ?
Why people in their dealing with Europe are fearful, skeptical, open or hopeful?
What stages of life have been affected by the formation of opinion ?
The project collected through interviews the life stories of a variety of young people from different European countries. By comparing them the project tried to understand European diversity, differences and also a common background.Partners:
  • Workers' Academy
  • Viljandi Linnaraamatukogu ,Estonia
  • Bassinbourn Village College, UK
  • Melbourn Village College, UK
  • FORUM, Norderstedt, Germany
  • Odense Technical College, Denmark

L.L.L.A. Life-long Learning Animators

EU- project was coordinated by Arbetarrörelsens folkhögskola i Göteborg and partners are The Workers’ Academy, Raseborg-opisto, Heimvolkschule Springe (Germany), Comisión Obrera Nacional de Catalunya CCOO (Spain) and the Federation of Societies for the dissemination of knowledge (Bulgaria). During the project, each partner organized the trade union activists and adult educators seminars designed to educate lifelong learning instructors.
Project web site

Active Citizenship in Folk High Schools.

A project funded by the Board of Education which involved four Folk High School:
  • Alkio-opisto, Finland
  • Svenska Österbottens Folk Academy Sweden, Sweden
  • Työväen Akatemia, Finland
  • Siikaranta-opisto, Finland.

The aim of the project was to develop in these four active but very different colleges practical knowledge of how to teach active citizenship.

Our Common Nordic Identity

The aim of this project was to view the common and different factors that make link and separate the Nordic States. Colleges involved were:
  • Työväen Akatemia, Finland
  • Arbetarrörelsens folkhögskola I Göteborg, Sweden
  • Arbeiderbevegelsens Folkhögskole I Ringsaker, Norway

The project received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers Nordplus training programme.

Work and wellfare?

Globalisation and its effect on the Eu and Finland’s work and wellbeing Who is threatened with being left behind in the globalising knowledge society?Participants:

  • Workers’ Education Association of Finland
  • Työväen Akatemia