Monitoring of the effects of education in the Arctic

Lead Author Liisa, Holmberg
Institution Contact Sámi Education Institute
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.3 Teacher Education in the Arctic, sustainable schools, and relevant learning: Towards Social Justice and Inclusion
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 02:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Arctic is changing rapidly. Arctic indigenous peoples lives in between traditions and modern way. The education is playing key role of the development of the Arctic. Sustainable way of living has been and it is still the base of arctic indigenous peoples livelihood. Sustainable way of living has meant to adaptation to the hard requirements of the arctic climate and environment. Sustainable way of living means to respect the nature.
I am using Sámi Education Institute as an example of monitoring of Arctic indigenous people’s education. The Sámi Education Institutions vision is to be an institution which takes the methods and knowledge from the Sámi tradition and uses them in an innovative way in order to maintain and develop the Sámi languages, Sámi livelihoods and traditions. It is important to take into account the cultural and individual Sámi needs when you are making the first decision of education. The principle of the education program of Sámi Education Institute is that the questions are well known inside the community and the answers should serve the development of the people and the whole community.
Sámi Education Institute as an Indigenous organization has had a great position to implement the sustainable way of traditional livelihood for example in Sámi reindeer herders education. SEY has adapted some of the Sámi traditional ways of land use and herding methods to the reindeer herder’s curricula. The Institute is providing the education according of Sámi own cultural methods of teaching and learning. By using the cultural sensitive measurements for auditing our students, this gives a better view of the effect of the education. The indicators are for example how well they recognize their own reindeer, how well they recognize different types of reindeer in order to make the success and how well they know about their own grazing areas.
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