The soft crafts class at Norssi school, the school located on the campus of the University of Jyvaskyla, is outfitted with sewing machines, sergers, lots of work space, storage space and materials. In general, I have found the classrooms and craft rooms to be clean and uncluttered and students and teachers do not eat in the classrooms.
The facilities and equipment are great. Students begin craft classes in grade 1 using hand tools and progress to machines in about 3rd grade. In the past, girls were encouraged to take textile crafts and boys technical craft which is similar to shop. With the new Finnish education curriculum, boys and girls are exposed to both textile and technical craft.
I am a high school art teacher from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado studying craft education in Jyvaskyla, Finland. I am in Finland through a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.