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Goal 4+: Eco-cultural Pluralism in Quality Education in Ecuadorian Amazonia

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Access to schooling and higher education are considered as primary means to empower marginalized groups and enhance sustainable development in the Global South. In Ecuador the intercultural bilingual education programme that affirmed the fundamental importance of integrating diverse local languages knowledges and pedagogical practices in education was established already in and later amended based on the community-centric ecologically-balanced and culturally-sensitive philosophy of sumakkawsay (buenvivir). However the programme is still only partially applied and thus education typically follows homogenized standards and fails to include specific cultural realities.
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Johanna Hohenthal

Diaspora in strengthening health system in a fragile state: Somali diaspora experts as innovation agents.

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The main objective is to study the ways in which temporarily returning Somali diaspora health experts contribute to strengthening of the health system in Somalia. We investigate ideas and modes of behaviour that diaspora transfer to communities in their country of origin (Somalia) with intended or unintended societal transformation and capacity building such as transferred skills and knowledge. The study focuses on the Northeastern regions of Somalia - Somaliland and Puntland, which enjoy relative security, autonomy and progress in development compared to the other regions of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
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Saeed Soleman, Mikko Perkkiö, Annariina Koivu, others from Somalia to be decided

Forestry Higher Education Advancement in Laos (FORHEAL)

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The overall aim of the project is to strengthen the forest-related higher education system in Laos to improve domestic capacity to sustainably manage forests for the benefit of the people and the environment, while at the same time enabling Laos to effectively respond to the demands and opportunities of international processes such as the Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
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Prof. Markku Kanninen; Nicholas Hogarth, Adrian Monge, Dipjoy Chakma

Does Education make a difference in Biodiversity Conservation? Long-term impact evaluation in Protected Areas. Case Studies from Finland and Madagascar.

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The main aim of this interdisciplinary research project is to enhance the understanding on the long-term impacts and effectiveness of Educational Programmes implemented in Natural Protected Areas as a biodiversity conservation strategy - including impacts on Local Environmental Knowledge. To do so, particular Educational Programmes implemented in Protected Areas in Finland and Madagascar have been selected as case studies context, providing a socio-ecological system approach, including human-wildlife conflicts, and also local community participation and LEK integration possibilities.
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Dr. Mar Cabeza, Dr. Aili Pyhälä

Cybersecurity Awareness and Knowledge Systemic High-level Application (YAKSHA)

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YAKSHA supports current EU-ASEAN cooperation dialogue, which include security and defence, with emphasis on non-traditional areas, such as cybersecurity. YAKSHA develop software to prevent cybercrime in the ASEAN region, leveraging EU-ASEAN knowledge and most recent technology advances to reach this goal. YAKSHA will implement true collaboration in the field, co-creating technologies that are able to respond to real user requirements and needs. Through a series of events, YAKSHA will promote knowledge sharing as well as will develop a business ecosystem of partners to commercialize the solution after end of the project.
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Maria Lima Toivanen, Nina Rilla, Jouko Myllyoja, Jarno Salonen, Jani Suomalainen, Jukka Hemilä

Indigenous and local community motivations, rationale and regimes for biodiversity conservation

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Improving our understanding of human-environment relations, and particularly of human motivations, rationale and management regimes, is paramount to the success of any biodiversity conservation initiative involving local communities. By comparing approaches, challenges and successes across case study sites, this research aims to identify those contextual settings, socio-cultural traits, incentives, and practical tools that best foster optimum long-term integration of biodiversity conservation and local wellbeing.
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Anita Heim; Attila Paksi; Aina Brias

Proposed lift-less intervention to reduce heavy lifting among Ghanaian pregnant women to reduce incidence of preterm birth and low birthweight.

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We are proposing a three component intervention including health education, a take-home reminder card and a shopping voucher aimed at reducing heavy lifting/carrying among pregnant women in Ghana.The purpose is to reduce the incidence of preterm Birth (less than 37 weeks) and low birthweight (less than 2500 g) which are currently high in the country. Access to funding to implement the intervention on a larger scale promises some solutions to the soaring numbers of adverse pregnancy outcomes in low and middle income countries.
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Professor Kimmo Räsänen, Dr. Jos Verbeek, Emma Kwegyir-Afful, Dr Lydia Aziato, Professor J.D. Seffah.

RespMat - Early life origins of respiratory health and obstructive airways disease in Matlab, Bangladesh

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RespMat studies fetal and childhood physical, psychosocial and environmental determinants of a key non-communicable disease, obstructive airways disease, in 15-year-olds and their mothers in rural Bangladesh, a least-developed and fragile country.
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Eero Kajantie, Pieta Näsänen-Gilmore

FINDIgATE - Finnish and Indian Wellbeing through Education

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The main idea of FINDIgATE -project is to co-create a joint online course between HEIs in India and Finland. It is a pilot project which aim is to view how children's educational systems work in India and Finland and how they improve wellbeing.
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Senior lecturer Sanna Juvonen (Laurea UAS) Principal lecturer Päivi Marjanen (Laurea UAS) Professor Eila Lindfors (Turku University) University teacher Virpi Yliverronen (Turku University) Professor Francis Adaikalam (Loyola College) Professor Puspalata Pattojoshi (KIIT) Professor Koumudi Patil (IIT)b

Capacity Building in Fisheries and Aquaculture Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

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The collaboration between UEF and KNAU aims to provide an enabling environment for teaching fisheries and aquaculture, at both vocational and bachelor level, by training of trainers, developing teaching and study material and developing the teaching infrastructure at KNAU. The main activities of FishEDU are: 1) training of trainers on fisheries and aquaculture subjects and pedagogics 2) piloting of courses in two newly developed curricula and development of course material 3) establishment of an aquaculture demonstration and training centre and an e-library.
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Professor Raine Kortert, Professor Sari Havu-Nuutinen, University Lecturer Liisa Nurminen, Project Researcher Sofiia Nishaeva