Eväitä elämälle aid programme for the Finnish students
A child has the right to go to school.
(Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
One of Save the Children Finland's basic missions is to deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children's and young people's lives in both Finland and abroad. By promoting children’s school education we are fulfilling this basic mission in a very concrete way. The target group of the Eväitä elämälle aid programme are those young people who are near to completing their basic-school education but whose parents' poor financial situation prevents them from pursuing further studies. The young people covered by this aid programme receive from Save the Children Finland the textbooks they need in order to achieve a vocational degree or complete the pre-university Matriculation Examination ("A levels").
Save the Children Finland finances this aid programme solely with donated funds. Many companies and private persons have helped to make textbooks available already to hundreds of young people. Without exception, these young people have described the aid received as having been of very big importance or even crucial in making it possible for them to complete a vocational degree or the Matriculation Examination.
Who can apply for this aid?
If your family’s financial situation makes it difficult to pay for your second-level education, you can apply for aid from this programme to obtain textbooks. Aid is distributed once yearly. The application form must be sent to us by the end of May, and it must be accompanied by a statement on your family’s financial situation and a recommendation issued by the Study Counsellor or the Welfare Officer of your school.