FRAMTIDSHOPP – Pedagogy of hope for the future

Framtidshopp aims to develop and evaluate a new pedagogy of hope for children and youth.

The inequality between children with different socioeconomic backgrounds is growing and there are differences in the chance to learn and pursue education. Children from families below the poverty level and other adversities in their home might be lacking the mental space for hope and dreams and feel more often excluded. Framtidshopp aims to develop and evaluate a new pedagogy of hope for children and youth. The solution is applicable for teachers and other professionals working with children from early education to pre-primary and primary education and in social work.  

News from the project

The first course of the project "Hopefulness, dialogue and agency" for students of pedagogy took place in autumn 2023. Students from different majors at the Faculty of Education participated in the course. The course for students will continue in autumn 2024 and an online course for other interested parties is currently being developed. The online course is planned to be published in autumn 2024.

In spring 2023, material was collected for the project.

The purpose of the data collection is to map how children think about their own future, the future in general and how future dreams are expressed at different ages. The aim is also to identify what kind of knowledge teachers feel they need in order to conduct dialogues with children about a hopeful future. On the basis of the collected material, horizontal dialogues are created that will serve as tools for educators to initiate and conduct discussions about future hope with children aged 6-16 years.

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Cooperation and funding

Framtidshopp won the first price in Svenska Folkskolans Vänner’s competition “SFV START!”  and is funded by Svenska Folkskolans Vänner.


Mirjam Kalland, project leader

Erika Löfström

Sonja Kosunen

Anna-Leena Riitaoja

Jan-Erik Mansikka 

Project planner: Lovisa Snårbacka