Why craft matters in a digital age?

Digitalisation gives us the opportunity to share connections and instructions, and it imakes craft global.

Craft is also a source of creativity needed in digital world and industrial production.

Also consumers are hungry for craft.

The craft itself ties us to our history, keeps traditional techniques alive and connect the heritage of the past with our present.

Craft increase and confirm our positive self-esteem. Using our hands gives the experience of work management and capacity  that we have. It also gives a feeling that we are able to influence to our lives,  and we can create something that has a meaning for us and other people.

Therapeutic craft calms down and gives space for free creative thinking and solutions, as well as balances our minds and bodies.

Craft is also important for sustainability against the throwaway culture.

Craft can  give new ways to integrate youth and immigrants to the culture and language of their society by supporting the development of the  identity.

But most important of all, creating things with our own hands gives us a lot of joy.


Developing the European dimension and globalisation by cooperating at course with teachers from different European countries and different school levels. Having cooperative activities by learning how to use eTwinning for contacting and starting new international projects after the course.

Using digitalisation in contacts, instructions and examples of craft globally by internet. Comparing in practice virtual handcraft to real craft made by own hands.

Improving teacher’s abilities to implement traditional Finnish (also known in other countries) craft, understand more about the process and product,  and also use it to develope  identity and  encourage integration.

Increasing the knowledge of craft process and products. Gaining experience of good practices about craft, materials, ideas and safety in classroom. Learning to suit craft  made in course to different levels at school.

Getting knowledge about the Finnish curriculum about craft as a whole process, hours used weekly/yearly, goals, examples and tendency to gender equality.

Learning about Finland and the Finnish culture and nature as a source of creativity. Getting to know how pupils in Finland have a living connection to handcraft by education, and how making things by own hands belongs to the Finnish culture.

Encouraging to increase English language skills.

Finding ways to more sustainable culture by increasing ability to understand more about environment and reuse.

Experiencing the effects of craft; positive self-esteem, feeling of managing some work,  relaxing, getting possibility to open mind for new ideas, learning about ourselves and world, learning techniques, getting balance of mind and body, having experiences about materials and colours and feeling of meaningful working.

Keeping us alive and happy, having joy by doing things with our own hands together with colleaques.


Making a short performance and example of craft used in own school reflecting the cultural heritage.

(Working lessons 10)


At the end of the week the participants will reflect the atmosphere, knowledge and skills gained from course in own educational environment, and also present their course "Travel diaries" made during the course. Participants will be trained and encouraged to take advance of eTwinning , participate in eTwinning online courses, and to create new projects with other participants of this course or the eTwinning partners. Participants will give feedback about the course. They work after the course completing course reports to be sent to their NA:

(Working lessons 10)

PROGRAM ( 40 lessons). Please notice, that we use wool and woolly yarn at workshops (if allergic).

The arriving day checking in hotel, meeting in the evening and course welcome.

DAY 1 

Getting to know each others. Parctical advice. Aim of the week.

Preparation tasks presentations of the participants.

Why craft matters in a digital world?

How and why craft increases our wellfare?


Visiting workshop Maakari

Culture walk Oulu

Dinner together


Visit Northern Ostrobothnia historical museum


Walking outdoors. Searching inspiration using the Sibelius matchbox idea for workshop the Finnish rug.

As an alternative you can use a frame and photo method.

Starting the Finnish rug sewing workshop.

Dinner together


Workshop continues.


We make also a small needle felting work connecting to the rug.

Completing the Finnish rug.

Easy walking outdoors.

Dinner together


Workshop Himmeli


Finnish culture, coffee ceremony ( modern and traditional)

Finnish food together.

Voluntary sauna.


Introduction of good practices and examples of handicrafts made in Finnish schools.

eTwinning introduction

Evaluation, feedback, certificates, Farewell



Course fee: 440 € covering materials, organisational support in intercultural preparation, tuition, mentoring during the course, post course support and certification. ( Does not include accommodation or meals)

Courses are open also for private participants, who have other financial recourses than Erasmus+ KA1. .( For them and organisations without VAT code price 440€ +VAT 24% 105,60€, total 545,60€)


By air via Helsinki to Oulu,  train from Helsinki to Oulu, or straight flights from Europe to Oulu.


It`s easier for participants to have same hotel. We inform about hotel after registration. Hotel fee will be in frame of daily allowances for accommodation and subsistence ( separate from course fee). But you are free to choose any other hotel.


Please send us your PRE-REGISTRATION (free form ) for the course you are interested in to  Mrs. Paula Saanio  via email

In return we send a confirmation and additional information about the FINAL REGISTRATION, You pay the course fee and buy the tickets only after you have made the final registratio

"They say that the famous Finnish compositor Sibelius used to walk in forest and collect moss and leaves in a matchbox to take home. Later at home he smelled them and composed famous music about the Finnish forests."