My name is Mîtdlârak Lennert. I was born in Nuuk and raised in Sisimiut, Greenland, where I spent much of my childhood being outdoors and cross-country skiing. During my high school years, I lived in the United States, Norway and Sweden, where I combined studying and competing internationally in biathlon. During those years I got interested in education systems as I was exposed to three very different systems. I began to question why education systems are structured and governed the way they are.

My curiosity of education systems stuck with me through my bachelors and master’s studies. Today I am a PhD fellow at the Institute of Social Science, Economics & Journalism at the University of Greenland in Nuuk. Greenland is facing the same challenges as education systems outside the Arctic, namely the pressure for better results and an increasing level of education in the population. However, in addressing these challenges, Greenland has a different starting point than most developed countries, and therefore has different opportunities and options available. Exploring developments in the Greenland context highlights what may be crucial to develop policies that both address and reveals some of the challenging cultural, geographic, political, and economic realities.

My research focuses on accountability relationships in the governance of the primary school system in Greenland. It is an investigation on how the concept of quality of learning in the governance of the primary and lower secondary school is understood and prioritized by the different stakeholders. I specifically look at the coherence between strategies at different levels of government and how these are monitored and evaluated.

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Recent publications include:

Lennert, Mitdlarak (2018). Coherence in the Greenlandic education system? Educational planning and evaluation in Greenland from a complexity theory perspective. Arctic Yearbook.