Introduction for campaign

We need to agree that sustainable solutions cannot be achieved by reducing young people’s opportunities to make a living, get an education and live on this planet in general. Above all, we need decision-makers who think further ahead than a single term of office.

These elections focus on some major themes. SYL and SAMOK’s shared focus is on education, income and the climate.

Our electoral campaign will focus on topics that are important to the students during the elections, with enthusiasm and positivity, but at the same time, it challenges the decision makers with certainty. We want to see the solutions and to be heard. That’s why we ask the decision makers through the campaign: What is your solution?

We want to make decision-makers aware of the unfair situation of students: it is not fair that one group of people is forced to live under the poverty line from one semester to another. So we say to the decision makers: you decide when I will graduate.

Higher education guarantees a better future for all and therefore it needs to be invested. We ask: What are the ways to do this and how much will be invested in education during the next government term?

The campaign also highlights the climate as a generation issue. We must join to the fight against climate change. The campaign is challenging to think about solutions to halt climate change.

We have a lot of faith in the future, because we are the ones building it and we will do it together. We are the solution.

What is your solution?

What is your solution?

Introduction for campaign

We need to agree that sustainable solutions cannot be achieved by reducing young people’s opportunities to make a living, get an education and live on this planet in general. Above all, we need decision-makers who think further ahead than a single term of office.

These elections focus on some major themes. SYL and SAMOK’s shared focus is on education, income and the climate.

Our electoral campaign will focus on topics that are important to the students during the elections, with enthusiasm and positivity, but at the same time, it challenges the decision makers with certainty. We want to see the solutions and to be heard. That’s why we ask the decision makers through the campaign: What is your solution?

We want to make decision-makers aware of the unfair situation of students: it is not fair that one group of people is forced to live under the poverty line from one semester to another. So we say to the decision makers: you decide when I will graduate.

Higher education guarantees a better future for all and therefore it needs to be invested. We ask: What are the ways to do this and how much will be invested in education during the next government term?

The campaign also highlights the climate as a generation issue. We must join to the fight against climate change. The campaign is challenging to think about solutions to halt climate change.

We have a lot of faith in the future, because we are the ones building it and we will do it together. We are the solution.

EDUCATION

Future skills are financed now

Finland’s success is based on high-quality, accessible education. Age groups are getting smaller, and the changes taking place in working life require increasingly higher and more varied skills. A larger share of the age groups must receive higher education so that young generations are able to find work and build the society of the future.

Education must be even more equally accessible regardless of background, and society must support people to partake in lifelong learning and update their skills. This can be achieved through sufficient resources and a continuous development of the system.

Solutions

  • The funding for higher education institutions must be tied to the index again so that the quality of education stops declining.
  • New resources should be allocated to developing education, as well as carrying out the growing task of continuous learning.
  • Access to education must be improved through an ambitious long-term program which encompasses the entire education path.
  • Education must be opened up by creating a national platform where students can access the modules offered at all higher education institutions.

A sufficient income is the foundation for well-being

Students are increasingly concerned about their finances. In the worst cases, this leads to a reduced ability to study and mental health challenges. The changes that have been made during the past few parliamentary terms have reduced students’ social security to a level where their income is not sufficient to cover necessary living costs without taking on debt. When the study grant is too low, it does not allow students to focus on their studies, but instead forces them to go to work and increases their stress about their everyday lives.

As the population structure changes, the younger generations will carry an increasingly larger part of the costs caused by the deteriorating dependency ratio. Finland simply cannot afford not to look after the well-being of students and their ability to cope. We must change direction in order for higher education institutions to continue to produce professionals who are motivated and able to work.

INCOME

INCOME

A sufficient income is the foundation for well-being

Students are increasingly concerned about their finances. In the worst cases, this leads to a reduced ability to study and mental health challenges. The changes that have been made during the past few parliamentary terms have reduced students’ social security to a level where their income is not sufficient to cover necessary living costs without taking on debt. When the study grant is too low, it does not allow students to focus on their studies, but instead forces them to go to work and increases their stress about their everyday lives.

As the population structure changes, the younger generations will carry an increasingly larger part of the costs caused by the deteriorating dependency ratio. Finland simply cannot afford not to look after the well-being of students and their ability to cope. We must change direction in order for higher education institutions to continue to produce professionals who are motivated and able to work.

Solutions

  • Increase the study grant by 100 euros.
  • The basic security reform should also meet the needs of the young generations. Students must be included in the reform, and both studies and lifelong learning should be seen as a natural part of everyone’s life cycle.

CLIMATE

Climate change is a generational issue

Climate change is the most important generation policy issue of our time. The suffering, uncertainty and costs that it causes will affect young and future generations disproportionately. Finland must be at the forefront of the fight against climate change, enforce effective and ambitious climate and environmental policy, listen to experts and invest in research and innovation combating climate change. In the coming government term, we need concrete measures to minimize the consequences of climate change.

Solutions

  • Finland must be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Within the European Union, Finland must promote a progressive climate policy.
  • We must launch a spearhead project in climate research which will allow higher education institutions to apply for research funding.
  • Society’s tax and subsidy systems must be changed quickly so that they strongly steer to reduce emissions and take care of the environment.

Spearhead project for solving students’ mental health problems

Students’ mental health problems have increased during the 21st century, and up to 30% of higher education students regularly suffer from psychological symptoms. Our aim is to create a spearhead project to prevent and treat the mental health problems of students and young people.

MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health

Spearhead project for solving students’ mental health problems

Mental health Our aim is to create a spearhead project to prevent and treat the mental health problems of students and young people.

Solutions

  • Create a therapy guarantee. Treatment is provided already at the basic health care level, and it starts within one month of identifying the need for treatment.
  • Start a trial project on free rehabilitative psychotherapy for people under the age of 29.
  • Create seamless and unbroken treatment pathways between student health care and other public social and health care services.
  • Develop and increase student health care’s mental health services and easily accessible digital and short-term treatment periods.
  • Reinforce the support and guidance services of higher education institutions. Make a recommendation on the number of study psychologists.
  • Create working structures for supporting students who have abandoned their studies and want to get back to them.
  • Create new ways to support students at risk of dropping out by utilizing data from Kela and from the national study registers.