Nordic schools during COVID-19: lessons learned

Nordic schools during COVID-19: lessons learned


Perspectives from Nordic researchers, politicians and school leaders

Thursday 17. February 2022, 15:00 until 17:00

Venue: Digital

Host: Forskingssenteret QUINT (Quality in Nordic Teaching) og Universitetet i Oslo

Entrance: Free - Digital

The pandemic has had profound consequences for schools, teachers and students all over the world. How have the Nordic countries handled this challenge?

Policy makers, researchers, teachers’ union leaders and school leaders from across the Nordic region will discuss:

  • What measures did each country take?
  • What could have been done differently?
  • What has each country learned, and what can we learn from each other?


We will hear from six researchers who have studied emergency measures for secondary schooling in the Nordic countries and their effect on students, teachers and parents.

There will also be a live panel debate between politicians, school principals and teachers’ union leaders, where we will gain insight into the national measures taken in each country to keep schools running during the pandemic.



Guri Melby – MP, Minister of Education in Norway 2020-2021.

Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil –  MP, Minister of Children and Education in Denmark since 2019 /recorded video presentation

Gunilla Svantorp – MP, and speaker for the education committee in Sweden.

Steffen Handal – President of the Norwegian Teachers’ Union since 2016.

Ragnar Þór Pétursson – President of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union since 2017.

Elin Brandsæter – Principle of Fagerborg Upper Secondary School in Oslo since 2014.


Kirsti Klette, professor at the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Education and QUINT Centre Director, will lead the conversation.