“Opifer Ltd found globally around thirty different schoolbook series for newcomers and sent them to East Timor for evaluation. The evaluation
team, which consisted of local teachers, finally came down in favour of the
Finnish book series.
“The fact that they wanted the books in a politically neutral language definitely contributed to the selection outcome. Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian, English and French are all associated with colonialism”, Billany explains.
The best asset of the Finnish Opin Itse books is its illustrations. Furthermore, there isn’t that much text to the books. The teacher can pretty much decide on the actual language of instruction.“
If anyone in Finland is reading this, I’d love to see a couple of these illustrations.
» Children in East Timor learn Finnish from schoolbooks [Thanks Fiona]