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Celebrating Inspiring Education Innovations Around the World

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I am a product of the Finnish education system and recognize how fortunate I have been to grow up and learn in a globally known system based on freedom, trust, and wellbeing.

As the CEO of School Day, I have continuously used these tenets to foster the purpose and vision of School Day. Having a strong shared purpose among the team has helped us build a new solution and business around wellbeing. Feel Good, Learn Better. 


HundrED Global Collection 2021

To be selected to the HundrED Global Collection 2021 is truly an honor. The impact HundrED is making daily around the world of education is unmatched. I have always rooted for the work done by HundrED, not only because of their inspiration and quality, but also because of the shared value base – to help every child flourish, no matter what happens in life.

I'm humbled to be leading our talented team at School Day together with the HundrED innovator umbrella to improve education through impactful innovations. Being recognized for having an impact on education means making a positive difference in the learning process, emotional health, and personal wellbeing of a child. I strongly feel that School Day is on the right journey to set a new category in student wellbeing and social-emotional learning. 


Road to the Innovation Summit 2020

The HundrED Innovation Summit was a completely different experience this year, being all online. The result turned out to be a great opportunity to connect with educators and innovators globally. With the global pandemic, everyone has realized the importance of wellbeing in education and learning.

School Day has always focused on four main areas in wellbeing: Learning, Social-emotional skills, Social Relationships, and Wellness. While the pandemic has created new challenges in education, it has also allowed the opportunity to highlight these concepts in new and unique ways.

For some context about the path we have been on in 2020, School Day was chosen as a finalist (the first from Finland!) for SXSW EDU. I traveled to New York in March to find out that the entire event had been canceled at the last minute. I ended up flying back to Helsinki the next day and spending the weekend at home. On that following Monday, our team got back into the office to get to work.

This was the beginning. We learned quickly to adapt. We promptly started working with the research team at the University of Helsinki and created a new and simplified wellbeing model for both traditional schooling and remote learning. In just a few weeks!

We ended up being selected as a HundrED Innovative Solution, delivering quality education for all during Covid-19. I am very proud of this accomplishment under heavy pressure and deadlines. Our hard work has gotten School Day today into 19 countries, 100 schools, and 25K students using the service. We are very grateful for how our relationship with HundrED has helped to amplify our work. 



A Time to Say Thank You

I have personally experienced how rigorous the HundrED selection process is. Our entire team is excited to stand next to so many fantastic innovations in the education world. Being selected by HundrED Academy will improve awareness of School Day and the fundamental need to place student wellbeing as the foundation for learning.


The opportunity HundrED provides to amplify and share our journey is incredible. We are very excited to have the support of the wonderful HundrED community worldwide to grow and scale to new places.

I had a great time and inspiring experience at the HundrED summit this year connecting with education innovators globally and feeling like an integral part of big community. I am excited to see what next year will bring.


So, how am I feeling? Humble, eager, hopeful, and ready to make an impact. Please have a look at our short talk at the summit. Thank you for being a part of this community and family!

Mika Kasanen

Co-Founder & CEO
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