Calling all school leaders in Malaysia!

Open Dialogue; Collaboration opportunities for Penang with Finland education

No standardised tests, no private schools, no stress. Less homework, more out of the classroom activities, more digital learning tools. Joy of learning, wellbeing and fun learning to improve learning results. These are buzzwords of Finnish education you are most likely familiar with already…  Now we will discuss how schools in Malaysia can benefit from the Finnish Experience.

We would like to see principals, headmasters, headmistresses, head teachers, academic directors… any members of the school leadership team, at any level of education, from preschool to higher education and corporate training to join this dialogue. Let’s dig in and find out together what we can learn from Finland and what we can do together to boost the prosperity of Penang.

H.E. Ambassador of Finland to Malaysia will be on hand to present his opening remarks. Mr. Petri, CEO of Finnish Education Solutions Sdn Bhd and Mr. Vesa Perälä, chairman of the steering group on Education Finland will also have a panel discussion with local Penang education leaders. You in the audience can have your voice heard as we will collect questions from the audience.

We are urging all the participants to think outside of their silos. Learning future skills is a holistic development experience and will only be possible in cross border collaboration between all stakeholders.

We are also showcasing Finnish edtech solutions and learning content demo booths with the Finnish specialists demonstrating the solutions (due to travel restrictions the demonstrators will be presenting online at the booth).

Event Organiser

Event Schedule

Program starts at 3PM and finishes at 7PM

3PM Opening remarks

– CEO of Finnish Education Solutions Sdn Bhd, Mr. Petri Karjalainen
– Ambassador of Finland, Mr. Sami Leino
– Penang Deputy Chief Minister II and Penang STEM chairman Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy

3:30PM Case study Presentations

Case study: The First Finnish Experience Flagship School in Penang: The Learning Kingdom

Case Study: USM, Coding out of poverty with CodeSchool Finland

Case Study: Penang Math Platform (PMP); play based pedagogy in early years language learning and AI assisted math exercises with Finnish edtech

4:00 Panel discussion 1

“Training people to succeed in knowledge tests is a very different process than teaching them to understand the world and have the skills to learn more”

– Vesa Perälä, Chairman of Steering Group of Education Finland Program at Finnish National Agency for Education (Online)
– Profesor Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid Mohamed, Academy of Professors Malaysia
– Richard Chung, General Manager Penang STEM
– Tony Yeoh, CEO, Digital Penang
– Mr. Petri, CEO of Finnish Education Solutions

5:00 Coffee break

5:20 Panel discussion 2

“It’s not about what you teach, but how you teach”

– Vesa Perälä, Chairman of Steering Group of Education Finland Program at Finnish National Agency for Education (Online)
– Howie Chang, CEO Forward School
– Dr. Lim Han Neng, CEO of PenGenius Creativity Development and Learning Hub
– Melissa Gomes, Co-founder of Edvolution Enterprise
– Mr. Willie Tan, CEO UCSI Schools Group
– Ravi VS, CEO School of Future Foresight

6:20 Networking and edtech demos

7:00 Program finishes

Online Demo Booths

Meet 7 education solution experts demonstrating the latest education content and solutions from Finland

Online Demo Booths of Finnish learning content and solutions are available to visit during the whole event:

  1. Kindiedays, Formative assessment and learning portfolio platform for early years (
  2. GraphoGame, The most researched early literacy learning app in the world. (
  3. CodeSchool Finland, design based project learning methods for problem solving, AI and coding. K-12 co-curriculum (
  4. Positive Pedagogy, Study materials, lesson plans, teacher guides and the See the Good! tool for teaching strengths and documenting skills. (
  5. Claned, AI assisted learning management system (LMS) that supports peer learning model and any content formats (
  6. Eduten, the most researched, AI assisted, gamified math exercises to K-9. Used by most of the schoolchildren in Finland. (htpps://
  7. Reactored, online learning platform for 20 languages to any age group. It helps both teachers and students with unique adjustable learning style. (

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