Jansson was born in Helsinki in 9th of August in 1914 to a Swedish-speaking family. Her father was a sculptor and mother a graphic designer and illustrator. Tove’s two brothers became artists as well: Per Olov Jansson became a photographer and Lars Jansson an author and cartoonist.
Tove Jansson studied art in Stockholm, Helsinki and Paris for eight years. Five years after her studies, in the year of 1943, she had her very first solo art exhibition.
In 1947 Tove Jansson painted two big frescos at Helsinki City Hall. In one of the paintings Jansson portrayed herself on the foreground with her loved one, Vivica Bandler. She wanted to show her love for Vivica and to have something permanent that lasts for a long time as a reminder of their mutual love for eachother. On the painting Vivica is completely recognizable to people who new her. At that time love between two people of the same sex was considered illegal. Jansson did not care what other people thought about her sexuality and love life.
For me personally Tove Jansson has always just meant Moomins. Moomins were a big thing for me as a child, and they are still important to me, and to many other Finns too. Later on, I have become more interested in Tove’s other work too, such as her novels and paintings.
Text written in March 2019.
I’m Marikerttu from Turku, which is a city on the southwest coast of Finland. I like listening to music and eating oranges.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.