Panka Academy Association

Center for Solving Global Challenges

Supporting The Panka

Panka Academy Association is a non-profit NGO registered in Finland. The purpose of the association is to support the Panka Center and the Panka Academy and see that everything runs smoothly. The finances of the center are run through the association to make everything transparent.

Board Members


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Kinga Janatuinen-Rozsa

Chariperson of Panka Academy Association
Teacher, Adult Educator


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Aleksandra Ewa Berg

Anthropologist, Educator


Panka combines all the things that I want to be involved in, solving global challenges, supporting young people and improving the quality of education, and all in an inspiring and focused natural environment.

Marko Koskinen

Panka Project Coordinator
EdTech Entrepreneur


We are facing complex, wicked problems in a VUCA world that have no tried-and-tested answers. PANKA gives learners the tools and settings to explore and find solutions for many-faceted dilemmas that work.

Aki Saariaho

High School Teacher


For me the greatest thing about Panka is how it emphasizes student cooperation and participation. The students and staff have an equal role in a non-hierachical community which offers a great chance to grow to take responsibility for ones own learning and the welfare of the whole community. Panka offers the students a unique setting to discover their unique points of excellence while solving global problems.

Milja Heinonen

Classroom Teacher
Founding member of Turku Phoenix School


Rules of the Association

The name of the association is Panka Academy Association ry and its domicile is Helsinki, Finland.

The purpose of the Association is

  • To support the opportunities for children and young people to participate in social debate and solve global problems.

To accomplish its purpose, the Association

  • Establishes and maintains a Learning Center specifically for children and adolescents and, after obtaining permission, a school that works according to the Association’s goals
  • Acquires information and establishes research in matters related to the Association’s goals
  • Organizes meetings, camps, seminars and other training
  • Engages in publishing and information activities
  • Works in other similar ways according to its goals

To support its activities, the Association can

  • Collect membership fees
  • Receive grants, donations and wills
  • Own movable and immovable property necessary for its operations
  • Practice publishing related to its field
  • Organize raffles and fundraisers

If necessary, the Association obtains the relevant permission for its economic activity.
The purpose of the Association’s activities is not to generate economic benefit for those involved in the activity and it should never form as such.

Anyone who accepts the rules of the Association may seek to become a full member.

The board approves membership applications.

Any private person or legal entity may seek supporting membership of the Association. The board decides on the approval of the support member. The support member does not have the right to vote at the meetings of the Association.

Any association registered in Finland may seek membership of the Association.

The board decides on the approval of the association member. Acceptance criteria include any of the following:

  • The association is a youth association (most members are under 25 years old)
  • The main purpose of the association is to supports or organize activities for children / young people
  • The association works to promote civil rights and democracy
  • The association monitors or promotes the realization of human rights
  • The association develops, researches or supports training or education which is in line with Panka Academy Association’s goals
  • The association strives to find solutions to international challenges.

Resignation and Exclusion:
A member has the right to resign from the Association by notifying the board or its chairperson in writing, or by announcing the resignation in the meeting of the Association to be written in the meeting minutes.

The board may cancel a membership if the member has failed to pay his/her/its due membership fee or otherwise failed to fulfill his/her/its obligations to the Association, which he/she/it committed to by joining the Association, or has financially or otherwise caused harm to the Association, or no longer fulfills the membership conditions specified in the law or the Association Rules.

The amount of the joining fee and annual membership fee to be collected from the actual, support and Association members will be decided separately for each member group at the autumn meeting.

The Association’s affairs are run by a board, which includes the chairperson elected at the autumn meeting and two to seven members.

The board’s term of office is a calendar year.

The board elects a Vice Chairperson from among its members, and takes on a secretary, treasurer and other necessary staff who may also be from outside the board.

The board shall meet when called by the chairperson or, if s/he is not available, by the vice chairperson, when the chairperson or other member of the board considers it appropriate.

The board shall have a quorum when at least half of its members, the chairperson or vice chairperson among them, are present. The board’s decision will be the opinion supported by the majority of the board members present.

The name of the Association is written by the chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and/or treasurer at least two individuals together.

The Association’s financial year is the calendar year.

The financial statements, together with the necessary documents and the annual report of the board, must be submitted to the auditor no later than three weeks before the spring meeting. The auditor must hand a written statement to the board no later than two weeks before the spring meeting.

The term of office of the auditor and deputy auditor of the Association is the time between the autumn meetings.

Association meetings are called by the board. The notice of the meeting must be sent no earlier than two months and no later than two weeks before the meeting by sending a written notice to each member or by publishing it in the Association’s magazine.

The Association holds two annual meetings each year.

The Spring Meeting of the Association will be held between January-May and the Autumn Meeting between September-December on a day set by the board.

An Extraordinary Meeting shall be held when the Association’s Meeting so decides, or when the board considers it to be appropriate, or when at least one tenth (1/10) or at least one hundred (100) of the Association’s voting members request it in writing for a matter specifically notified. The meeting shall be held within thirty days from the date on which the request to hold the meeting is submitted to the board.

Each member of the Association who is 12 years of age or older has one vote at the meetings of the Association. If a member of the Association is prevented from attending the Association meeting, he or she may authorize another person in writing to vote for him/her.

Unless otherwise stated in the statutes, the decision of the Association meeting shall be the opinion supported by more than half of the votes cast. If the vote is a draw, the chairperson’s vote determines the result, but in case of an election there is a lot.

The Association’s spring meeting will address the following issues:

§ 1 Opening of the meeting
§ 2 Election of the chairperson of the meeting, the secretary, two examiners of the minutes and two vote counters
§ 3 Stating the legality and quorum of the meeting
§ 4 Approving the agenda of the meeting
§ 5 Presenting the financial statements, the annual report and the auditors’ statement
§ 6 Approval of the financial statements and the discharge of the board and other accountable persons
§ 7 Other matters mentioned in the invitation to the meeting.
§ 8 Closing the meeting

The Association’s autumn meeting will address the following issues:

§ 1 Opening of the meeting
§ 2 Election of the chairperson of the meeting, the secretary, two examiners of the minutes and two vote counters
§ 3 Stating the legality and quorum of the meeting
§ 4 Approving the agenda of the meeting
§ 5 Approving the action plan, the budget and the amount of joining and membership fees for the following calendar year
§ 6 Election of the chairperson and the board members
§ 7 Election of one or two auditors and deputy auditors
§ 8 Other matters mentioned in the invitation to the meeting.
§ 9 Closing the meeting

If a member wishes to include a matter for consideration in the Association’s spring or autumn meeting, he or she must inform the board in writing in good enough time so that the matter can be included in the invitation to the meeting.


The decision to amend the rules and dissolve the Association must be made at the meeting of the Association by a majority of at least three quarters (3/4) of the votes cast. The invitation to the meeting shall include the amendment of the rules or the dissolution of the Association.

When the Association is dissolved, the Association’s funds will be used to promote the purpose of the Association in the manner determined by the decision where the dissolution was made. When the Association is dissolved, its assets will be used for the same purpose.