One section of the basic education national core curriculum approved by the Finnish National Board of Education is the responsibility over the environment, well-being and sustainable future. The objectives of sustainable development are included in the teaching of all basic education subjects.
The goal is to increase the student’s abilities and the motivation to work for the well-being of the environment and humans.
The aim of basic education is to raise citizens who are conscious of the environment and committed to a more sustainable way of life.
All students in the comprehensive schools of Turku can participate in the Environment Trail. Primary school students will be invited to the Environment Trail once per school year.
Culture Path is based on the curriculum.
Culture Path is a plan according to which every student in the comprehensive schools of Turku visits various cultural locations three times per school year. For example libraries, concerts, theatres, Turku Castle and museums can be visited. In the second and eighth years students will also go to movies. Additional information about locations and topical events is available on the Culture Path website (in Finnish).
Basic education implements the child’s rights for learning and personal well-being. The modules that support teaching strengthen the children’s involvement, activity, and knowledge of culture and nature, and encourage the children to exercise, examine, express themselves, and experience art and entrepreneurship amongst other things.
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In addition to the teaching of religions, schoolwork may include religious events such as services, religious morning assemblies or religious concerts. These events are considered as religious practice.
The student studies either a religion or ethics. Turku organizes teaching of Evangelical-Lutheran, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Islamic religions, as well as ethics teaching.
When the student participates in religious education the school year report will not mention which religion’s curriculum the student has followed. If the student has been exempted from religious education at school because they receive their religious education in their own religious community, religion will not be marked on the school year report as a subject.
Teaching in schools is based on the curriculum, which in turn is based on laws and regulations. The curriculum illustrates practical school work and all schools must follow it, which means it is a standard. The National Board of Education has approved the national core curriculum of basic education, and the municipality-specific section of Turku City basic education curriculum for years 1–9 is based on it. Additionally, school-specific specifications for organizing teaching have been described on the schools’ curriculums or school year plans.
The student’s local secondary school is determined by the primary school. The student has a right to apply for some other school as well regardless of area borders.
Parents or guardians of the students will be informed about the transition to the seventh year during the turn of the year. Information sessions will be held in secondary schools in January.
Transition from preschool to primary school
Local schools co-operate with preschool units to make it easier for the child to start school. The co-operation forms and practices vary among schools and areas. Every school has assigned a contact teacher who coordinates the co-operation between preschool education and the school. Local schools organize visiting days for new students in spring.
Organizations, communities, companies and private persons can rent school facilities outside teaching hours (mostly weekday evenings and weekends).
The costs for renting school facilities can be found on the application form. The principal of the school may also allow the use of school facilities for free or for 20% discount if the criteria mentioned on the application form are met. The renter must also pay for a supervisor if the principal demands that a supervisor needs to be present.
School menus can be found in Finnish on the web pages of Arkea Ruokapalvelu:
- Menus for primary schools (arkea.fi in Finnish)
- Menus for secondary schools and upper secondary schools (arkea.fi in Finnish)
Parents have the primary responsibility in the upbringing of their child. The school is responsible for the child’s teaching and bringing up as a member of the school community. The task of the school is to provide the parents or guardians information so that they can follow and promote the learning and school attendance of their children.
The law on basic education obligates schools to co-operate with homes. The co-operation may be related to:
- the learning of the child
- writing a curriculum
- developing the operations of the school
Support for learning and growth is part of high quality basic education. Support for learning and school attendance is available for all students. Forms of support include the student’s pedagogical support, guidance and student welfare. The student has a right for early, systematic and proactive support. The support received by the student must be flexible, persevering, and it must transform according to the student’s needs. Different forms of support can be used singly or in conjunction with others so that they complement each other.
Through Youth Services young persons can go to Europe to do voluntary service, and European young persons can come to Turku, respectively.
NuortenTurku is an information and guidance service for those under the age of 29.
In NuortenTurku you can search for information by yourself or with help from an employee. During opening hours you can visit either with or without an appointment. You can also send your questions via e-mail, Facebook, WhatsApp, or call us by phone.
Examples of matters that NuortenTurku can help you with:
Work and Livelihood includes services for unemployed residents of Turku. The aim of the services is to help people find employment and to secure their minimum income.
The services include counselling and guidance in finding employment, as well as rehabilitative work activities. Debt counsellors assist private households or small entrepreneurs with problems related to incurring of debt.
Turku’s Ohjaamo collects several services meant for under 30-year-olds under one roof. Ohjaamo is a low-threshold service point in the centre of Turku. It offers employment and rehabilitation services, as well as information and guidance services for young people, among other things. You can come to us without referrals and free of charge. You can also take a friend or an adult with you if you want. Welcome!
From Ohjaamo you can get:
The Youth Committee makes decisions about grants for organizations and youth activity groups as well as about various youth facility and camp site fees among other things.
Turku’s Youth Committee consists of 13 adult members and an equal number of vice members chosen by the City Council.
Autumn term: 11.8. – 22.12.2021
- Autumn vacation: 11.10. – 17.10.2021
- Chrismas holiday: 23.12.2021 – 9.1.2022
Spring term: 10.1. – 4.6.2022
- Winter vacation: 21.2. – 27.2.2022
I period: 11.8. – 5.10.2021
II period: 6.10. – to 2.12.2021
III period: 3.12.2021 – 10.2.2022
IV period: 11.2. – 11.4.2022
V period: 12.4. – 4.6.2022
You can get student discounts, for example, in the following locations:
The services organise and develop the city's education and teaching services. The services consist of six (6) service areas:
- Joint services
- Early childhood education and care
- Basic education
- General upper secondary education and adult education
- Vocational education
- Swedish language education and training
The director of the Education services is Timo Jalonen.