About native language instruction for immigrants and providing instruction
Native language instruction for immigrants complements basic education. It is not instruction in accordance with section 12 of the Basic Education Act, it is instead provided with the aid of a separate government subsidy. Information concerning the separate state aid and application instructions for it are annually sent to municipalities and they are also found on the EDU.fi Immigrant Education website.
By native language instruction we can support the development of the pupil's personality, and during classes he/she can experience a sense of belonging with persons of his/her own culture. He/she receives information about the core of his/her own culture. Maintenance of the pupil's culture enhances his/her identity and mental balance. Knowledge in and appreciation of one's own cultural background makes it easier to learn to appreciate other cultures as well. Teaching brings balance to the pupil's life by building a bridge between his/her own culture and the Finnish culture. At its best, native language instruction contributes to the pupil's growth into a multicultural person and his/her integration in Finnish society. In working life work force with language skills will be in increasing demand in the future.
After basic education, in upper secondary school or basic vocational education, a young person may also, in principle, continue studies in his/her mother tongue.