Poland’s presidential spouse visits Me & MyCity Espoo – inspired by Finnish curriculum

On Wednesday, Me & MyCity hosted a guest of honour, when Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the spouse of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, visited Me & MyCity Espoo. Poland’s presidential couple were on a state visit to Finland from 23 to 25 October.

On Wednesday morning, Me & MyCity Espoo, with its fresh new look, was ready to welcome an important guest. Enthusiasm and just the right amount of excitement was in the air, in anticipation of a visit by Poland’s presidential spouse, Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Mrs Kornhauser-Duda was given a glimpse into the hustle and bustle of an ordinary day at Me & MyCity. The programme included some of the highlights of a Me & MyCity day.

On Wednesday, Me & MyCity was run by students from the Lintuvaara and Ymmersta schools. Vilma, as Me & MyCity Espoo’s Mayor for the day, and Project Manager Kristel got the chance to shake hands with the guest of honour and wish her welcome.

The employees of Me & MyCity Espoo greeted Mrs Kornhauser-Duda with a cheery “Welcome to Me & MyCity” and presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

“We were pretty nervous, but it all went really well. We then also told her how to say thank you in Finnish,” commented the smiling employees.

Mrs Kornhauser-Duda fetched a bank card from Nordea and visited the art exhibition in the Emma museum. A smiling Kornhauser-Duda was delighted with the children’s enthusiasm and threw herself into the students’ jobs. She also went shopping at K-Supermarket and had a quick health check-up at Terveystalo.

Finnish school system inspires discussion

Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda was pleased to discuss Finnish and Polish education systems with the teachers of the Lintuvaara and Ymmersta schools in Me & MyCity’s teachers’ corner. With a background in teaching, Mrs Kornhauser-Duda was particularly astonished by how primary school teachers in Finland manage to teach and master so many school subjects. She was also very interested in taking the Me & MyCity concept to Poland.

“It is always a huge pleasure to have visitors who are interested in education and teaching. The differences between the Polish and Finnish education systems inspired a lot of discussion,” commented an enthusiastic Me & MyCity Director Tiina-Maija Toivola after the visit.

One of the main topics on the programme for the state visit by Poland’s presidential spouse was education. Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda’s earlier state visit programme included a visit to the Ateneum art museum, among other things.