The International StarT Gala was held on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at the Great Hall of the University of Helsinki Main Building. Best practices of learning communities and best projects made by children and youths all over the world were awarded at the gala.
The International LUMA StarT Awards were awarded for the first time. The Minister of Education of Finland, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, handed the awards.

Over 800 learning communities from 36 countries have participated in the StarT model of LUMA Centre Finland during school year 2016-2017. The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, is the official patron of StarT. Warm thank you to all participants and supporters of StarT.

You can watch a video from the gala by pushing the button here under. Read more about StarT Gala
Welcome all around the world to learn and share through project-based learning! The StarT project has been launched in honour of Finland’s centenary by The LUMA Centre Finland, together with its network of cooperation partners. Schools, kindergartens, families and extracurricular activity groups from all around the world are invited to invest in the future and take part in StarT to share the excitement of collaborative learning!

Welcome to StarT 2017-2018!

Everyone can be a part of StarT; a learning community, a specialist, a student, a company - find your own role - either working on the projects or supporting the projects as a specialist or sponsor. By registering we can offer support and information. Registration is open until the 31st of October 2017.

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Dr Maija Aksela

Dr Maija Aksela


Essi Purhonen

Essi Purhonen

International project manager

M.Sc. Outi Haatainen

M.Sc. Outi Haatainen

Project manager

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