New legal and pedagogical guide on fundamental and human rights in education!
The University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Educational Sciences has published a learning resource on common legal challenges in Finnish institutions of education. The guide is intended for education students and experts.
The University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Educational Sciences has published a learning resource on common legal challenges in Finnish institutions of education. The guide is intended for education students and experts. It has been created in cooperation with the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and is a unique compilation of typical complaints. The learning material connects law and education in an innovative way.
The guide can benefit everyone in the field of teaching and education, but is particularly useful to teacher students, teacher trainers, working teachers, head teachers and municipal directors of educational and cultural administration. The idea for the guide came from the enthusiastic feedback from teacher students who participated in a course on democracy and human rights education in 2019. The course material featured the parliamentary ombudsman’s resolutions on education.
The new guide focuses on everyday challenges and their legal regulation. The 10 themes of the guide are: safe learning environment, equality and non-discrimination, student welfare, learning support and the organisation of special support, issues relating to disabled children and adolescents, religion and worldviews, peaceful working environment, freedom of speech, good governance and decision-making, school transport and cooperation between school and home. The solutions presented in the guide are intended primarily for teachers and head teachers, but also for the municipal leadership of educational and cultural administration. The case studies also highlight the perspectives of children, adolescents and their parents.
– Fundamental and human rights are crucial principles of a democratic society and education. The parliamentary ombudsman is responsible for judicial review, and must ensure that these principles are upheld, says Pasi Pölönen, deputy ombudsman.