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The importance of trust: why it matters in an educational institution and how it can be built

The importance of trust: why it matters in an educational institution and how it can be built

Boring lectures held in huge auditoriums where everyone is checking their mobile phones and planning the great escape? Forget about that. Experiential learning or learning by doing is the way forward in education. And TAMK's Proakatemia, a student-orientated environment, masters the concept pretty well through its nonconventional teaching and learning approaches.

Photo: Harri Hinkka
Photo: Harri Hinkka
Tanja Verho is one of Proakatemia's coaches whose vision is to develop future entrepreneurs and really good workers. To inspire her team of students to find their motivation and drive in achieving their goals. To find their own path in life. She does that by asking lots of questions which are not always comfortable. Those questions though, invite to self-evaluation. And it is well-known that self-evaluation leads to lasting change.
 
"Proakatemia is built on trust. That's one of the most important values we have here. In the first year, a student learns about teamwork and has to trust its colleagues, co-owners and coach. I know all of my sixteen students. They know they can talk to me about anything. It's all about trust and knowing that someone cares about you and is there to support you."
 
Coach Tanja Verho opens up and discusses learning by dialogue and the role of trust in an educational instution in a complete interview for our international blog.
Published 17.11.2016