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Educational Marathon: Finland- Russia- Kazakhstan was given a start on the 18-20 of September!

The official kick-off seminar of the Marathon took place in Helsinki on September 18-th on the grounds of «Dare to Learn» event, the biggest learning festival in Northern Europe. During the kick-off seminar the Marathon initiator, CEO of Russian cosultancy «Ruspro Education» Irina Solonova gave a speach on the Russian education market, its opportunities and the overall Marathon concept. Irina highlighted series of Marathon events organized for the Finnish companies during the year in Moscow and St.Petersburg with the core national level happening, Second Finnish-Russian Education Forum, taking place in March 2019 in Moscow.

After Irina’s words Elise Tarvainen, director of ISKU Learning took the floor. From behalf of the Finnish company, successfully operating on the Russian market during many years, Elise shared her positive impressions about the implemented projects and especialy about the motivation and innovative mindset of the Russian pedagogists. Lauri Tuomi, the program director of the Finnish National Agency for Education spoke next. He proved potential of the Russian market of education services and technologies and said that the social and business dialogue in this sector between two contries should develop further and deeper. He said that Education Marathon and similar precious initiatives should and will be supported both on the national level and as private business initiatives.

On the following two days a group of 20 Russian educational organisations directors and pedagogists  attended «Dare to Learn» event and Helsinki schools with a study and introductory visit. They expressed high interest to the Finnish Education System and local companies products.

It was a good and resonating start! Professional team of organizers and supporting authorities from two countires beleive that the Marathon has optimal concept as it allows Finnish companies be together getting individual tailor made support during the whole year of the relevant events in the one of the World biggest and proximate markets.

If you are interested in the Marathon activities, please, visit or contact directly Irina Solonova ( or Natalia Gromova (

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