Influential Groups are a crucial component of participation in Turku. The city runs six official groups: Parliament of Children, Council of Immigrants, Council of Gender Equality, Council of Youth, Council of Elderly and Council of Disabled. The last three ones are statutory by law. The Turku-strategy is a guiding document for all groups.
In Turku, participation and community involvement has three main elements: communication, cooperation and interaction between citizens, city officials and decision-makers.
A school bus card is granted in the following cases:
- The distance between the home of a student in years 1–9 and the nearest local school is over 5km.
- The distance between the home of a 10th year student resident in Turku and the nearest local school is over 5km.
The distance between home and school is measured from the yard of the student’s home to the yard of the school via the shortest road that is suitable for pedestrians and is in public use.
Schools in the past
What was it like when your grandmother went to school? How did they behave back then and what did they learn in school? These are some of the questions pupils will get answers to with the guidance of the mistress of Kylämäki, all in the spirit of the 1950s.
In the national core curriculum the schools and education institutions are encouraged to co-operate actively with companies and communities as a part of schoolwork and studying. The aim is to use multiform learning environments to increase know-how.
The management of the schools and education institutions as well as the teaching and education personnel need to be aware of the statutes concerning marketing and sponsorship when they are representing their school or education institution in corporate or community co-operation.
Education Division / basic education swimming teachers give swimming lessons to the students of 1st, 3rd and 5th years in accordance with the plan approved by the Sports Committee. The swimming lessons of the 2nd, 4th and 6th year students have either been included in the schools’ own physical education curriculums or the responsibility is left for the parents.
The swimming lessons of years 7–10 have been entered in the schools’ own physical education curriculums, in which case the schools’ own physical education teachers are responsible for the lessons.
Break activity volunteers in primary schools
- Break activity volunteers are trained during autumns in co-operation with the Department of Teacher Education in Turku
- The target group is the students of the 5th and 6th years
- The aim is to promote exercise during breaks with a ‘peer instructor’ principle
- Contain equipment suitable for break activities
- In primary schools every class has their own break basket
- In secondary schools the equipment is school-specific
- The baskets should be restocked on a regula
According to the Basic Education Act the student has a right for free school transport if the way to school is longer than 5 km or it takes longer than 2,5 hours (3 hours for over 13-year-olds). The transportation benefit may also be granted based on the dangerous nature of the way or on an expert opinion that the way to school is too difficult or tiresome compared to the health or developmental level of the student.
The student’s local school is determined by their address of residence. The student can also apply for another school but the student has a primary right to get to the local school of their student area.