The Ippo Project

Japanese Language Education in Finnish Secondary Schools

Ippo Project was initiated in August 2012 and is financed by the Finnish National Board of Education. The project is coordinated by Rajamäki Upper Secondary School.

Japanese has been taught in lower and upper secondary schools in Finland for over two decades. When the Ippo Project was initiated in 2012, Japanese had not been recognised as an "official" subject at comprehensive or secondary schools in Finland because it was not mentioned in the National Curriculum. It was impossible to study to become a qualified Japanese teacher for comprehensive or secondary schools at Finnish universities, so we did hot have officially qualified Japanese teachers for comprehensive and secondary schools.

However, things have changed. From the year 2015, Japanese teachers have been able to acquire the qualification to teach Japanese at Finnish comprehensive and secondary schools. From the year 2016 Japanese lanugage will be included in Finnish National Board of Education National Foreign Launguage Curriculum for Secondary School.

The further aim of the project is to develop and unify Japanese language education  in Finnish comprehensive and upper secondary schools to meet the standards set by the new National Foreign Lauguage Curriculum of 2016.

The aims of  Ippo Project

-          Contacting  Finnish comprehensive and upper secondary schools providing Japanese language education

-          Forming a network of Finnish schools and teachers providing Japanese language education

-          Developing Japanese language education in Finnish comprehensive and upper secondary schools so that it meets  the  standards  set by the Upper Secondary School National Curriculum of 2016

-          Developing Japanese teaching material and resources suitable for Finnish comprehensive and upper  

        secondary schools, meeting the standards set by the Upper Secondary School National Curriculum of 2016

-          Motivating and encouraging students studying  Japanese 

Contact information:

Project coordinator      Ulla Saari

E-mail                               ulla.saari@nurmijarvi.fi

School                               Rajamäki Upper Secondary School (Rajamäen lukio)  

                                           http://www.rajamaenlukio.fi/ 

Postal address               Keskusraitti 1

                                           05200 Rajamäki Finland                                               

The word 'ippo' is Japanese and means ’one step’. Ippo is written いっぽ with hiragana characters or  一歩 with the kanji charactersThis project is one step taken in the process of unifying, strengthening and stabilizing Japanese language education in Finnish schools.

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千里の道も一歩から。

 Senri no michi mo ippo kara.

Even a long journey is begun by taking one step.