Research projects 7
FinCEAL Plus started in January 2015 as an expansion and continuation of the FinCEAL Project (2012-2014), both funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The aims of the FinCEAL Plus project were to: 1. Increase and consolidate the Finnish bi-regional cooperation towards Africa, Asia, and the LAC region, with special emphasis on supporting Finnish researchers’ involvement in European bi-regional networks; 2. Support and consolidate the participation of Finnish experts in EU-Africa, EU-CELAC and EU- Asia bi-regional research and science policy dialogues; 3. Increase the knowledge about and visibility of Finnish cooperation towards the target regions within Finland; 4. Expand the awareness of Finnish expertise in the regions; and 5. Expand and consolidate the Finnish research communities’ awareness of cooperation possibilities with the EU, Africa, Asia and LAC region. 6. Throughout all the project activities, strengthening the Finnish universities’ global responsibility and making it more systematic and measurable.
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.
The objective of the research and innovation staff exchange project is to contribute to solving the issues related to the youth unemployment in developing countries by developing participatory tools for human development that enable transformational change for the youth. Based on a service design approach, the project will provide tools for the marginalized youth suitable for daily use, enhancing regional democracy, increasing equal opportunities and contributing to human and service development with a particular target group: the San people, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and in the Omaheke region in Namibia.
Satu Miettinen, Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi, Retha de la Harpe, Vikki du Preez, Heike Winschiers, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria, Tang Tang, Paul Wilson, Hennie Swart, Fabrizio Pierandrei, Silvia Remotti
Indigenous people who are historical creators of knowledge about food, are among the most impoverished, food insecure people of the contemporary world. This is often due to regulations over the usage of natural resources and very rapid changes in social settings, climatic patterns and cultural practices. This has significantly transformed the diets of indigenous people’s worldwide, non-exemption of the Khwe San indigenous people of Namibia. Today, not only are less food available to the Khwe, but also in reduced nutritional quality. The widely available processed foods and Food Aid deliveries have created dependencies and undermined traditional food systems and health.
Prof. Juha Helenius, Dr. Aili Pyhälä
Eritrea Learning for All (ELFA) is a Higher Education Institutional Cooperation programme between Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT) and the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. The overall objective of ELFA is to enable EIT personnel develop their educational professional capacity in educational leadership and management, teacher education and pedagogy, learning related research methodology, use of ICT in education, literacy and numeracy learning, inclusive education and special needs education with a focus on learning difficulties. In collaboration with Finnish experts the EIT participants will design and pilot assessment tools and pedagogical programmes applied to the Eritrean context.
Dr. Elina Lehtomäki, Dr. Päivi Fadjukoff, Dr. Suzanne Adhiambo Puhakka, Khalid Idris, Zecarias Zemichael Woldu, Abraham Belay, Ermias Melake Tesfay, Amare Teclemicael Mebrahtu, Dr. Yonas Mesfun Asfaha, Amare Teclemicael Mebrahtu, Menghisteab Teklemichael, Samuel Mebrahtu Bahta, , Dr. Markku Leskinen, Dr. Eija Raikkonen, Dr. Matti Kuorelahti, Dr. Anita Malinen, Dr. Ulla-Maija Valleala, Prof. Heikki Lyytinen, Prof. Mikko Aro, Prof. Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen, Doctoral Candidate Emma Ojanen, Dr. Pekka Räsänen, Dr. Tuire Koponen, Doctoral Candidate Jonna Salminen, Prof. Aini-Kristiina Jappinen, Mika Risku, Dr. Antti Pirhonen
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the human and infrastructure capacity of EIT to create and distribute electronic learning resources and services that are pedagogically sound and locally relevant, so that the EIT can take an active and informed role in the use of ICTs to address the Eritrean development and education priorities.
The partner organisations bring together their expertise in research and development of new educational methods and tools at university level in the field of sustainability and development education and training. The goal of the cooperation is to combine the technical and pedagogical elements of existing simulation and game tools to a massive multiplayer online simulation for sustainability education. This is pursued by forming a network willing to participate in the forming of a massive multiplayer simulation for sustainability education in Southern Africa.
Johanna Ollila, Roderick Fox, Sophie Oldfield, Johanna Kärki