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Jukka Peltokoski: Job shadowing in Malmö - a week full of social and political learning

26/06/2018
by Anna Kirstinä
Kieli: EN
Document available also in: FI SV

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The purpose of my Erasmus+ period was job shadowing. I went to Kvarnby, Glokala and ABF to learn about the best practises and to have new ideas for developing my work in KSL Study Centre in Finland. The receiving organisation for me was Kvarnby Folkhögskola.

I also visited Vänsterpartiet (Left Party) and Ung Vänster (The Left Youth) and had a glimpse of the civil society activities in Malmö. During my stay I learned a lot about adult education for civil society organisations and civic participation in Malmö, and of course about Malmö itself.

In Kvarnby, Glokala and ABF I learnt about the Swedish liberal adult education system and about different courses offered in the organisations. We discussed about the topics of the courses and the methods they use. We spent some time especially discussing about the e-courses and distant learning since these topics are included in the future plan also for us in KSL Study Centre in Finland.

In my daily work I organise political learning for the Finnish Left. For this reason, meeting with the Left party and its youth organisation was a very valuable learning experience for me. We discussed about political training in the party and the co-operation between the party and different study organisations.

During my week in Malmö I also attended to different lectures on Climate Change and Civil Disobedience for example. I visited political bookstores Amalthea and India Däck, where I had good discussions with local civil society actors. At the socialist movie theatre Panora I saw a film called "The Young Karl Marx" and I also visited at the photo exhibition about the famous Borgen squat in Malmö in 1990.

I spend some late hours sitting in the historical Möllevågnstorget, in the middle of a traditional working-class area, nowadays coloured by refugees and immigrants, where you can see the past opening for the global future that respects solidarity and differences.

In short, the week was full of social and political learning for a political educator. This trip gave me a lot of new inspiration and perspectives for my daily work back at home.

Jukka Peltokoski

KSL Study Centre

 

This article is part of a series of articles about learning experiences in the field of adult education in an European context. Our ERASMUS+ KA1 project is called “European Educational Know-how Supporting Civil Society”.

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