Onyxnews Nigeria reports that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has recruited Simon Ekpa, a former Finnish soldier, to start broadcasting on Radio Biafra.
Onyxnews Nigeria understands that Ekpa on Thursday announced the appointment on his Facebook page.
“Our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi, on this day, July 8, 2021, commanded that I, Simon Ekpa, begin broadcasting from Radio Biafra with immediate effect,” he wrote.
“On this point, it is an honor and, at the same time, a call to service, a call to serve the Biafra nation and lovers of liberty.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure that we retain the momentum and legacy of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and IPOB.
“I will serve with everything I have, and I will quadruple my efforts in media, diplomacy, and other areas to serve the best interests of the people of Biafra.
“I am only a servant, and I will do my best to serve.
“From wherever he is, our leader will continue to lead this struggle.
“My name is Simon Ekpa, and I am Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s follower on Biafra restoration.”
Onyxnews Nigeria gathered that Ekpa is a member of the Finland Military Reserve Force and served as the Chairman of the Igbo Union Finland from 2015 to 2017.
He is also a Finnish politician and a former lecturer at Aberystwyth University’s Postgraduate Department of Law and Criminology.
He attended the same university and majored in law.
He also earned a Ph.D. at ABMS Switzerland and attended Canyon College, where he took advanced immigration law classes.
Ekpa is an immigration expert with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of immigration law.
He is the CEO of EKPA & Co, which provides legal counsel to high-level clients, corporate executives, and foreign dignitaries.
He is well-versed in all of the rules that govern individual migration to nations such as Finland, Australia, Canada, and the EU. Including the UK.
Mr. Simon practices family, criminal, and civil law in addition to immigration law.
He serves on the Transportation Board of the Finnish city of Lahti.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the vice-chairman (reserved) for Building / Construction Works and the Environment in the Lahti Region of Finland. Lahti Construction and Environmental Board deputy member. (Onyxnews)
Finland is consistently ranked at the top of the list of best education systems in the world. In fact, the World Bank recently declared the country “a miracle of education.”
On Universitas 21’s latest ranking of the world’s top universities, Finland finished top spot when levels of GDP per capita were considered – with impressive scores that exceeded expectations, given the country’s income level.
So, the big question is: What makes the Finland education system unique?
We did a close review and discovered some really interesting facts behind the success of this small and quiet north European country.
Less Formal Schooling
Contrary to the general norm nearly everywhere else on the globe, Finland believes less is more. And this philosophy is reflected in all facets of national life, including the education system.
Whereas the school starting age of kids in most countries keeps getting lower and lower, in Finland children don’t start formal school until they reach the age of seven. Yes, seven!
And, oh, for the record, that’s just about the oldest age to start school anywhere on the globe.
The children are given a lot of liberty. They are allowed to be children, to learn more naturally and informally through playing and exploring – rather than the formal system of children sitting locked up in a classroom with a teacher reading out instructional materials.
The goal and method of teaching are quite unique too. Teachers don’t focus on teaching pupils knowledge to help them pass a test or exam. Instead, the overall objective is to get the students to concentrate on things that will help them really understand the lessons and how to creatively apply the concepts in everyday life.
You may be asking: Won’t that approach slow them down? No, quite the opposite! The children start formal education when they are actually developmentally ready to learn and focus.
After the first year of school, the next stage for the child is nine years of compulsory schooling. At the end of the ninth grade, everything is optional and at the age of 16, the student can decide on any of three paths:
A three-year Upper Secondary School programme.
Join the workforce (Less than 5% of students follow this track).
Fewer Students, More Individual Attention
You probably already imagined this scenario. You guessed right. Fewer students in a class often mean the teacher can provide better care and attention to the pupils.
Typically, a Finnish teacher is assigned about 3 to 4 classes of 20 students a day, so they are responsible for between 60 to 80 students daily. This is a more reasonable number and a lot smaller than the average teacher in most other countries has to manage every weekday.
Less Time in School, Fewer Instructions
In Finland, school usually starts at 9 am or 9:45 am; and ends by 2 pm or 2:45 pm. Surprised? There’s more: The average Finnish teacher provides fewer instructions to his/her students in a day than the regular teacher elsewhere in the world.
When computed, the total instruction time clocks to about 600 hours a year or 4 lessons daily. But here’s the catch: The topics are fewer but more in-depth. The focus of the lessons is not in the period or number, but on creativity, skill acquisition, and real-world application.
The younger kids are allowed sufficient time to play, so they can discover, be creative, and learn in the process. When they are 7, they start formal schooling and are taught how to read and write.
For the older kids also, there’s a deliberate effort to avoid the pupils getting too tired or stressed so they can learn well. They are given only a reasonable amount of homework, have a fewer number of school days a term compared to other kids around the world, and take 10 to 20 minutes breaks between the lessons.
During the breaks, the children are allowed to go outside and play, so they can focus on studying again. The children also eat free, healthy lunch at school. The end goal is to ensure both the students and teachers are well rested and ready to learn/teach.
The System Prioritizes Play
We already mentioned that Finnish students get the least amount of homework in the world, as the focus is to allow the pupils adequate free time, play, breaks, and rest, so their minds are sharper and their body well relaxed and refreshed for learning.
Students in Finland typically don’t have afterschool tutors or lessons. It sounds ironic when you take into account that Finnish students score higher than students from Asian countries who receive tons of extra lessons or afterschool instructions.
Finnish students get the work done in class diligently, and teachers feel that is adequate. There are no pressures on the students to do more than what is necessary to learn a skill. And when there are assignments, they are often open-ended and not really graded.
Teaching as a Profession Is Revered
Most students in both developing and developed countries rarely think of teaching as a career choice, perhaps after observing the profession is generally undervalued and their teachers often underpaid.
The reverse is the case in Finland – specifically in terms of the treatment and respect accorded to teachers.
Teaching is a very prestigious profession in Finland. Teachers work fewer hours and are paid relatively well compared with their colleagues in many other countries. They are also entrusted with the authority to plan their teaching in a way they think best suits their students.
Teaching is an extremely selective profession in Finland, and it’s not easy to get accepted in the special programme to qualify as a teacher. In fact, you have to be well motivated and gifted to make the grade.
But before applying for the teacher’s education programme, it is mandatory you have a master’s degree in your subject. That is if you’re going to take any of the high school or middle school classes.
If you’re applying to be a kindergarten, preschool or elementary school teacher, you must also have a master’s degree or at least a bachelor’s degree.
No Standardized Testing
While the practice in most countries is that students take standardised tests and exams to track their progress, in Finland students take just a single test, called the National Matriculation Exam, during their entire time in elementary or high school.
However, the test assessment is more than just what the student scores. Rather, it measures the general academic maturity level of the student, which are standards by which a mature, educated person is evaluated in Finnish society.
Free Education at All Levels
Finland is one of the few countries in the world that offer absolutely free bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programmes — not only for its own citizens but also students from European Union and EEA countries.
Yes, you read right: International students from eligible countries studying any course in Finnish universities do not pay a penny in tuition. There are no fancy private schools or universities anywhere with their own study plans. Instead, there’s a national standard for what every school must teach.
In Finland, capitalism (which, for example, allows you to pay to get good education for your child or yourself) is seen as a system that produces a mass of ignorant people versus a small, well-educated elite; thereby making poor education/good education, and poverty/wealth divides kind of “hereditary.”
In summary, Finnish society is a welfare state and aims at taking care of everybody, not just those that can afford it. Naturally, it starts with universal healthcare, in which families receive medical care when needed in any of the comprehensive networks of child welfare clinics.
So, the much-lauded Finnish education system is only an extension of a grounded tradition of a welfare state. Besides, Finland appears to be very conscious of the important roles teachers play in moulding and influencing the next generation and consequently invests heavily (time, efforts and resources) in the recruitment process and general education system. (theischooler.com)
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A Finnish woman has started dating a younger man with her husband’s blessing and the trio are already planning how to move in together.
Sarra-Maria Karlstrom-Rantala, 32, was married to her husband, Ville, for a decade when she met Jani, her younger lover reports Mirror UK.
Sarra then decided she was polyandrous and would be married to Ville while dating Jani.
Sarra revealed she lives with her husband for one week and then her lover the next. The trio, who co-own a cafe, hope to move in together soon.
Sarra met Ville at a rock bar over a decade ago and are very happy together. But Jani was brought into their relationship after Sarra met him at a beach while filming a concert where his band was performing.
On her future plans, Sarra said; “Being married to two guys isn’t legal in Finland, so I’m legally married to Ville, and in 2020 I will have a Pagan/Viking ceremony with Jani called Hand Fastening. It’s kind of like a wedding but the priest is our friend.
“We don’t all live together yet, but we hope to soon. We do own a cafe together though.
“At the moment Ville and Jani have their own homes close to each other so I live with Ville for one week and then Jani the next week, and it carries on like so. We spend a lot of time together as a three though.
Meanwhile, Ville’s family members don’t know about the arrangement just yet. (Punch)