TYY in Rauma and Pori
The first students of the Rauma Teacher Seminar established their own student union under the name Toverikunta (“union of associates”) on 7 October 1896. However, its activities never really ever sopped. In the beginning years, there were only a few dozen members in the union. The number of members rose to over 700 over the century. As far as we know, Opekas ry is Finland’s oldest subject organisation.
There are approximately 700 students in Opekas from five different education tracks including Sloyd Teacher Education, Class Teacher Education, Kindergarten Teacher Education, Special Education and also those doing research in the science of technology education and in early education. This guarantees bringing about a functioning communal spirit between teacher groups during the members’ study days.
The largest and probably most visible part of Opekas activity is its events. Traditional events organised by Opekas ry are, for example, the run around Seminaarinmäki, Valentiine’s Day rusette skating, sitsit parties, graduation ceremony, various café evenings, its brilliant annual ball in April where new and old students and teachers celebrate together and much, much more.
Kulma ry (“corner”) is the subject organisation of University of Turku students in Pori studying at the School of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, which is a part of the Faculty of Humanities. Kulma was established in 2002.
Kulma ry is a TYY sub-organisation and one of its jobs is to also work as a direct link to the residencies of the University of Turku. Kulma also works in cooperation with the join student organisation of the University Consortium of Pori, Pointer ry. The cooperative work mainly concerns the organisation of events and tutoring. In addition, the organisation works with other subject associations that take action inside the University Consortium. The most important channel of cooperation is the regularly held student association meetings. One of the consortium’s significant events is the annual academic Wappu.
One of the most important duties of Kulma is to protect the interests of students at the School of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies. Kulma also helps and counsels in other daunting matters, such as finding housing, FSHS services, applying for State financial aid etc. by distributing information to or advising its students. Student members of the department council keep every student in the organisation informed about matters concerning studies either though Kulma or by another approved means of communication.
Opekas Students of the Department of Teacher Education (Rauma)
Kulma Cultural Heritage Studies, Landscape Studies and Digital Culture