The KSL Study Centre

The KSL Study Centre is maintained by KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning, a private non-governmental organisation established in 1964 as. It is owned by 18 member associations e.g. trade unions, the Left Alliance and various cultural and social associations.

We promote social influencing and active citizenship through our education and cultural activities.

Kolme henkilöä pöydän ääressä keskustelemassa, kolmas seisoo miettivän näköisenä vieressä. Kuvan päällä on kuva Avoin osasto -oppaasta.


Strengthen your association or group’s sense of community, participation and influence. We organise trainings on association activities, guidance and communication in Finnish.

Our trainings
Erilaisia ihmisiä saman pöydän ääressä kutomassa, pelaamassa ja keskustelemassa.

Support for courses

When your registered organisation organises educational activities, we will help with the planning and assist in covering the costs. We will support you in the planning of training and selecting the methods.

Support for courses
Henkilö hymyilee keittiössä kameralle. Peilistä heijastuu kuva kuvaajasta ja kahdesta taustalla työskentelevästä henkilöstä.

Support for peer learning

Learning clubs and study circles focus on peer and group learning. The participants have an opportunity to discuss, question or understand a social topic together. New information is always generated in learning club meetings. We support learning clubs financially.

Support for learning clubs
Neljän ihmisen kädet tekevät pöydän ääressä käsityötä huopapalalle kirjoen. Pöydällä on valmiita töitä, esimerkiksi kirjottu auringonkukka. Pöydällä on myös Käsityöaktivismi! -julkaisu.

Cultural activism

Cultural activism provides new perspectives and creative ways for influencing and citizen activism. Join us in writing an influential song, drawing an impactful comic strip or engaging in craftivism.

Craftivism in English
Vihkoja ja kyniä pöydällä.


We produce publications, guides and materials that discuss society, association activities and adult education from a left-wing perspective. You can order or download them for free on our website.


Supporting NGOs with liberal adult education

KSL Study Centre´s activities are mainly funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. KSL Study Centre works in the fields of liberal adult education and cultural activism. In addition KSL Study Centre organises vocational education in arts and crafts.

Liberal adult education offers grassroots education and continuous learning to all citizens nationwide in Finland. Aim of our education is to be easily and widely achievable for example non-governmental organisations (NGO) and volunteers and actives being part of NGO activities.

Most of the educational courses and cultural events are organized in cooperation with associations and NGOs. The way of organizing courses and cultural events is very flexible. Low access and everyone’s right to learn are the essential ideas. We are the study centre of activists.

We support the civil society by developing, educating and giving tools to NGO work and change-making. Pedagogical know-how in experiential learning and different kinds of pedagogical methods are some of KSL Study Centre´s strong assets. In addition, critical pedagogy and learning-by-doing are KSL Study Centre´s pedagogical priorities.

What we do

  • A variety of courses and training to NGOs, groups and individuals. We provide financial and pedagogical support to NGOs to arrange their own courses and study circles.
  • Vocational education in arts and crafts aiming to Qualification or Special Qualification of arts and crafts.
  • Publications focused on adult education, civic society, cooperative activities, culture and society.
  • Low threshold cultural activism and craftivism that is aimed for everyone.
  • We coordinate and  partner in national and international projects that focus on adult education, active citizenship and civil society. We have experience in Erasmus + mobility and cooperation projects.

Contact our Project Adviser for more information on international projects