Cultural education at schools

Culture can form part of everyday work at school, within lessons, as a hobby between lessons or after school. Nearly all the children and youth can be reached via schools as compulsory education is generally completed in publicly funded schools in Finland. Compulsory education usually begins the year when a child turns seven years and ends when the child has completed the required syllabus or when the child has been at school ten years.

In Finland, the school have a national curriculum which binds every school in grades 1–9. The new curriculum adopted in 2016 offers many opportunities for cooperation between schools and children’s culture centres. The curriculum emphasises phenomenon-based learning where the focus is on understanding a topic or concept in a holistic approach instead of instruction along strict subject boundaries.