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Kipinä partners with ILA Vietnam

Released at: 14:22, 08/08/2019

Kipinä partners with ILA Vietnam

Photo: Kipinä Kids Nurseries & Preschools

Finnish international preschool brand joins forces with ILA Vietnam to open ten new Kipinä preschools in Vietnam over next three years.

by Linh San

Kipinä, the fastest growing Finnish international preschool brand and featuring an “Enhanced Finland” curriculum, will join forces with ILA Vietnam to open ten new Kipinä preschools throughout Vietnam over the next three years.

It already has schools in 14 countries and territories, mainly across the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. The Vietnam roll-out brings Kipinä’s number of scheduled school openings to 42 and marks the beginning of a planned expansion throughout India, ASEAN countries, and China.

“Kipinä recognizes the difficulties inherent in opening schools in new markets,” said Mr. Kieran Galvin, Kipinä’s Managing Director. “It’s why we work with experts like ILA who have more than 20 years of experience in the sector. While a lot of preschool franchisors turn their attention to the potentially lucrative US market, at Kipinä we prefer to work with innovators and disrupters in countries where the benefits of good quality education can make an enormous impact.”

“Finnish early childhood education is not easily exportable,” said Mr. Du Tran, CEO of ILA. “Kipinä substantially adapts the framework to suit environments and teachers outside of Finland. Their approach to creating extensive resources and tools for teachers, combined with a practical approach to teacher training delivered online through Häme University, and in local workshops, means we can deliver the best approach to educating children while ensuring sustainability and investing in our teachers.”

ILA Vietnam is one of the leading providers of 21st century English language programs in Vietnam, with over 43 centers throughout the country employing more than 800 teachers and delivering programs to more than 30,000 students.

Kipinä uses an enhanced Finnish approach based on the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care, with extra elements added to make the program more suited to international environments. These include Focused Instruction Methodology, 21st Century Skills, and Executive Functioning Skills for children.

Kipinä’s Finnish university partner, the Häme University of Applied Sciences, will provide certified teacher training in Finnish Pedagogy through a special program for foreign teachers that it jointly developed with Kipinä.

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