Building a learning society

The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, Kvs, is a politically and religiously non-affiliated organisation established in 1874.

The Kvs Foundation is an independent think tank on everyday learning. Our core expertise is in the fields of learning, innovations and communication.

Our main operations consist of future oriented projects, open-access publications and a digital distance school ’Kulkuri’ for Finnish children abroad. We also provide communication services for the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA).

From the beginning of the year 2020 The Southern Helsinki Adult Education Centre (Etelä-Helsingin kansalaisopisto) is administrated and operated by the Kvs Foundation.

Cooperation with a variety of education stakeholders

We are a community of liberal adult education experts, developing solutions for lifelong learning together with our partners. In our communications we strive to be dialogical, approachable and accessible.

We network in Finland and internationally, cooperate and challenge, and provide opportunities for dialogue. We remain loyal to our core values.

Kvs seeks to influence education policies to fortify (non-formal) education in Finnish society. This advocacy work is carried out through statements, lobbying and information activities.

Kvs supports the work of education professionals and adult education institutions and produces learning services. It emphasizes the intrinsic value of learning and promotes a broad understanding of education.

Vision 2030 – a Learning Society

Our vision is a society which offers equal learning opportunities to everyone throughout life. Our goal is to ensure that collective learning helps us in living responsibly and respectfully with others and the environment.

We are working towards our vision with a strategy, based on the themes of urban learning, ecosocial competences, lifeskills and civic participation. We warmly welcome you to join our journey towards a learning society!

Our values

We build communality

We create opportunities for dialogue.

We work responsibly

Our driving forces are transparency and sustainability.

We aim towards equality

We aim to provide equal learning opportunities for everyone.

We rethink the future

We challenge practices and create new, innovative solutions for the future.

Contact us


The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, Kvs

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