Baltzar-KKI-HUMAK

2011–2012

In early 2011, the section for universities and research of Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture became convinced that Veijo Baltzar's pedagogical methodology of Intercultural Experiential Education expresses a way of thinking that is truly new and important for developing society that should be developed further.

Upon the initiative of the Drom Association and Veijo Baltzar, the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences carried out a pilot project (Baltzar-KKI-HUMAK) from May 2011 to March 2012 for the purpose of studying Intercultural Experiential Education. Veijo Baltzar served as the pedagogical leader of the project.

The main objective of the project was to study Baltzar's pedagogical approach from the perspectives of society, pedagogy and teaching methods. The main source material of the pilot project was the manuscript of Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar's book "Kokemuspohjainen filosofia" (title in English Towards Experiential Philosophy, English version of the book was published in 2014), published in the spring of 2012 (ntamo, 160 p.)

Publication event of Baltzar-KKI-HUMAK project, Nov 2011

“Towards Experiential Philosophy” is a polemic work addressing the present state and challenges of multicultural Europe. Baltzar maintains that in its current mental and intellectual crisis Europe must face its blind spots with regard to minority cultures and education leading to inequality. In the book, Baltzar seeks to offer European society tools for constructing functioning pluralism and for halting the increasing marginalization of young people.

"(…) Baltzar’s project may revolutionize the basis of our notions of culture."
Juha Sihvola, Professor of Philosophy

"This is a unique project both nationally and internationally and it deserves broad attention and support."
Sami Pihlström, Professor of Philosophy
The Baltzar-KKI-HUMAK project focused on the theoretical starting points of Baltzar's pedagogy. Anita Lehikoinen, head of the section for universities and research of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, urged Baltzar to continue his work of developing his pedagogical concepts. She noted that a wide range of evidence describing applications of intercultural experiential education is an important basis in the future.
The Drom Association continues the work of developing Intercultural Experiential Education and the collection of related evidence. Former Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen is the patron of the project.

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