OEP organized a three-month school immersion for 117 Saudi teachers and principals in 2017. The practical orientation took place in six primary, secondary and upper secondary schools in Espoo, Finland. It was a part of the six-month Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion program which focused on identifying the best of the Finnish teaching methods, practices and curriculum and how they can be applied in schools in Saudi Arabia.

This professional development program was organized as an initiative of the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia.

Program included

  • English language training
  • Pedagogical training
  • Job shadowing in schools
  • Development project
  • Mentoring throughout the school immersion period


“The school immersion program is one of the best things I have experienced.”

“Anyone who is concerned with teaching will benefit from this program, whether they are teachers, counselors, school administrators, or even decision-makers.”

– Na’ef Hamed el Moudairi, Teacher from the city of Baha


OEP organized the program in cooperation with the City of Espoo, University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+ and Finland University.