Kansanvalistusseura, the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, was founded in 1874. It is a politically and religiously detached organization that promotes lifelong learning and offers expertise and services in adult education.
Our dream is a society that values learning as its basis. Our aim is that everyone has the chance to learn through life and to lead a full life in harmony with other people and the environment.
For us lifelong learning means curiosity, empathy, tolerance and care for the environment.
Lifelong learning is essential and intrinsic to humanity. It is about growing into a responsible adulthood and humanity, as an active member of society.
We work as specialists and service providers of adult education. We publish, inform and educate. We cooperate internationally and speak for the importance of adult education.
Our strength is that we anticipate societal changes and adjust our activities accordingly. We remain loyal to our core values.
We network, cooperate and challenge. We provide opportunities for debate.
A learning society is possible through:
Fostering lifelong learning
- e.g. Souli online media, Adult Education journal, KVS Forum
Building media literacy
- e.g. Civic skills via media education in Palestine project, events, communication
- e.g. Kulkuri School of Distance Education, Elm – European Lifelong Learning media, the Communications Unit of the European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA
The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation
Tel. 020 7511 500
Adult Education journal
Finnish quarterly Aikuiskasvatus – Adult Education – is an academic journal of adult education targeted at professionals, researchers and wider public. It has been published since 1981. The journal offers a platform for conversation between scientific research and practice by publishing peer-reviewed articles, opinions and book reviews. It is an essential information source for adult education experts. The journal is published together with The Finnish Society for Research on Adult Education. It is distributed to universities and other higher education institutions, libraries and educational organisations.
Souli online media
Souli is an online media for anyone interested in learning. It is targeted at adult learners, adult education professionals, decision-makers and stakeholders. Souli focuses on lifelong learning informing on hot topics related to adult education on a daily basis. It provides both working tools and introduces the whole spectrum of lifelong learning to its readers. Souli is a source of both information and experience.
Elm – European Lifelong Learning Magazine – is a free online magazine on lifelong learning and adult education. It is the only journalistic medium of adult education with a European scope and with a continent-wide correspondent network. Elm was born in the autumn of 2015 as a result of a merger of two online media, LLinE (Lifelong Learning in Europe) and InfoNet Adult Education. Elm’s main target group is the adult education professional, in Europe and beyond.
Communications Unit of EAEA
KVS facilitates the Communications Unit of the European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA. The association is advocating the cause of adult education in Europe, maintaining networks, carrying out international projects and offering information services for its members. The Communications Unit takes care of the information activities of EAEA by maintaining its website and other communication channels, and by informing the international membership on European developments in the field of adult education and lifelong learning.
Kulkuri School of Distance Education
Kulkuri School of Distance Education maintains and develops the Finnish language skills for Finnish expatriate children and youth as well as strengthens their cultural identity. The school offers the students modern, high-quality and professional teaching in various compulsory school subjects in the Finnish National Curriculum. The school has been operating since 1975 and has a solid history of providing quality education to Finnish students in all parts of the world.
KVS video productions aim at developing the national and international distribution of Finnish and European learning and teaching innovations. In 2013 KVS produced a collection of six short TV spots on learning environments, teaching and adult education in Finland. In 2014 KVS produced additional videos on multiculturalism, management of educational institutions and curriculum development.The videos are available at KVS Vimeo channel. In 2015 KVS’ video productions continue with learning stories from five European countries. The project 'Live & Learn' is coordinated by KVS and funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
International projects and networks
Civic skills via media education in Palestine
KVS is implementing a training project called Civic media education in Palestine between 2015 and 2017. The project aims at offering media literacy education to Palestinian non-governmental organisation practitioners, journalists and municipality workers by arranging hands-on workshops and theoretical training on media literacy and the importance of media ethics, social media and marketing in the new media context. Main partners are the Birzeit University and the University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The European Adult Education (Young) Professionals Learning Platform (AE-PRO) project offers an e-training about European developments and adult education in European countries for adult education staff. The aims of the project include enforcing the exchange of innovation through intergenerational learning; enabling the learning of experts and peers; and providing opportunities for the professional development and training of staff through Erasmus+ mobilities. The project is co-financed by the European Commission and coordinated by EAEA. KVS is one of the nine project partners, taking care of the dissemination of the project and its results.
Implementing Outreach, Empowerment Diversity (implOED) aims to engage disadvantaged adults in learning and to make education policies more effective for their needs. The topic is more relevant than ever, as Europe is facing the challenge of integrating millions of refugees. The implOED project mainstreams the results of OED Grundtvig network and implements them at different levels, namely policy and adult education providers, as well as transfers them to different sectors. The project is co-financed by the European Commission and coordinated by EAEA. KVS is one of the 11 project partners, participating in the policy cluster and taking care of the dissemination of the project and its results.