Keynote Speakers

Tony Ghaye                      
Making happiness bigger and sadness smaller

PhD, Professor in Educare, Director of Reflective Learning-UK , England


In this keynote I will do four things. First I will describe the principles and processes of a newly emerging methodology, called ‘participatory and appreciative action research’ (PAAR), that can be used to enhance the social and emotional competence of children. PAAR’s four fundamental processes of (a) being appreciative (b) being able to see things differently (c) learning from each other (d) achieving and moving forward, will be illustrated.  Secondly I will show how PAAR can provide psychosocial support for children, in the two very challenging environments of India and Tanzania where I currently work. Here PAAR is being used to mitigate the psychosocial impact of the triple effects of HIV/AIDS, poverty and civil conflict. Thirdly I will describe how aspects of PAAR have been used in schools in Norbotten, Sweden to try to build space for meaningful dialogue and shared learning, between researchers and practitioners,  around the psychosocial idea that ‘every child matters’. Finally I will suggest a range of PAAR activities specially designed to improve children’s psychosocial well-being. These include appreciative pair working, appreciative circles, appreciative boxes, appreciative photos and appreciative body work.

Nadezhda Terentjeva        Regionalisation and internationalisation in training social workers and  social teachers

PhD, Associate Professor and social teachers,Karelian State pedagogicalUniversity , Russia                                           

This presentation’s focus is on the experience of integrity of international cooperation and regionalization of social work and social pedagogy  in the Republic of Karelia . We aim to provide a context of the development of the regional system of social support based upon the principles of internationalization and regionalization of the activity of social work practice has been realized in the Republic of Karelia since 1998 due to the TASIS project “Integration of Health, Social Welfare and Education in the Republic of Karelia ”.


Timo Jokela                       Community and Environmental Art in Small Northern School communities

Professor in Art Education, University of Lapland ,Finland       



The central forum in my presentation is a schoolyard. I examine the schoolyard as a learning environment, approaching it from the perspectives of   community-based art education, strengthening cultural identity and the psychosocial well-being of school communities.

My aim is to clarify the background, challenges and theoretical starting points from which the Department of Art Education (Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland ) has developed methods for making environmental art applicable to the special northern circumstances and sociocultural setting.


Klemet I. Heatta  
“Boys in Finnmark” – A Project focusing on boys wellbeing in and motivation For  School.

Teacher in Upper Secondary School, Norway


Statistics and results from Norwegian schools have for some time now pointed out a significant problem, regarding to boys lack of motivation for school and high drop out rate.

This problem is even bigger in the county of Finnmark . A year ago, “Fylkesmannen i Finnmark” ( County Governor of Finnmark ) initiated the project “Boys in Finnmark” with the objective to establish new learning statergies, a new pedagogical approch and find new arenas for learning.





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Making happiness bigger and sadness smaller (15.48 MB) 21.4.2008 10:56
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