Saturday, September 11, 2010

Uno Cygnaeuksen patsas - Statue of Uno Cygnaeus

This statue can be found in a pretty little park in Jyväskylä which is aptly named Cygnaeuksen puisto (Cygnaeus Park).

Uno Cygnaeus (1810 - 1898) was a Lutheran minister, educator, and ultimately, the chief inspector of the Finnish school system (during the time when Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire).

Among other things, Cygnaeus helped wrest education of the people out of the hands of the church, and established a revised folk school program.

His greatest influence in Jyväskylä (and perhaps in all of Finland) was the establishment of the first Finnish-language teacher training college, which ultimately became the University of Jyväskylä. A well-rounded educational system in the language of the people helped Finland along its path to independence. There are two schools in Jyväskylä which are named after this visionary.

Where to find the statue of Uno Cygnaeus in Jyväskylä:

Näytä Cygnaeuksen puisto - Cygnaeus Park, Jyväskylä suuremmalla kartalla

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