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EduCare – Holistic Approach to Education in Finland

One of the greatest innovations in Finnish education is free and nutritious school lunches.

In fact, in 1948, Finland became the first country to require all primary schools to serve pupils a free daily hot meal. If kids don’t eat properly, they can not concentrate well on their school work. Furthermore, school lunches provide many great learning opportunities as seen in the video underneath.



You need to look at learning from a wider perspective to understand the holistic approach in Finnish education.

Holistic approach to education:

No dinner-ladies, but self-service in Finnish school canteens.

Healthy food, milk, bread and salad – you take as much you eat.

No leftovers, please. Responsibility and sustainable development.

A class had an over a year project collecting recipes from celebrities and even the Presidents of Finland!


ALO Finland offers online courses on Finnish education.

You can learn more and apply for courses here.

Please let me know if I can provide you with any more information and


Hope to see you on the course soon!


Sunny regards,


Pirjo Suhonen




  1. Sonja Nel on 28.10.2018 at 13:38

    Love this. Agree children can only learn properly if they ate nutrious food. In some countries like Namibia the Government does have feeding schemes for poor students. But this is also important for countries where there are no feeding schemes but tuckshops that sell unhealthy, sugary foods and beverages to students. Schools must be holistic in their whole approach towards students.

    • Pirjo on 1.11.2018 at 23:43

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and feedback. You are right. Learning is so much more, what kids can learn from books. The whole school day with all its activities should support holistic approach in education.
      PS. I visited schools in Namibia 20 years ago as part of my Bachelor’s studies and absolutely loved it!

  2. Sujaritha M on 1.11.2018 at 20:12

    Thank you for sharing with us

    • Pirjo on 1.11.2018 at 23:46

      My pleasure and thanks a million for your feedback.

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