There are less than a hundred pupils at the village school, allowing teachers to focus more on each individual child than at a large city school.

– Kytäjä village school is a small and harmonious community, where everyone knows and cares for each other, making it possible for us to tailor our teaching to meet the individual needs of the children. We are a school with traditional values but use modern teaching methods and new technologies. Most recently, we upgraded the IT equipment and wireless networks, the principal of the school, Lauri Mattila, states.

Because the school is located in a rural community amidst protected nature reserves, it allows children to develop a close relationship with the natural environment, in a way that might not be possible in an urban setting.

– We make regular outings to the Kytäjä-Usmi nature reserve, where children learn about nature and can swim in the lake in the summer, and ski or skate in the winter. Also, there is a golf course next to the school, where children can play during the warmer months. Let children spend a lot of time outdoors, and they will learn to respect and appreciate the environment around them.

The trained childcare professionals of Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) offer guided activities to children attending the school every afternoon until 5pm.

– We actively cooperate with local NGOs as well as the children’s families to organise different activities, which adds to the community spirit of Kytäjä, Mattila concludes.