SAIH tenners

Through the established "tenners" at institutions of higher learning in Norway, students can choose to support SAIH`s work over their semester fees. The money supports our advocacy work in Norway and internationally, and our long-term development projects to improve the conditions for higher education in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South-Africa and Myanmar.

Frequently asked questions

1. What are the established "tenners"?
The student democracies at the different institutions of higher learning in Norway which are members of SAIH, can choose to add the SAIH tenners on the semester fee. The support is voluntary.

2. Where does the money go?
Collected funds are distributed between SAIH's projects within education for development in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bolivia, Colombia, Nicaragua and Myanmar, SAIH`s communication and advocacy work in Norway and internationally, and costs related to administration in Norway.

3. How many students pay the tenners to SAIH each semester?
Approximately 200.000 students pay the SAIH tenners each semester.

4. How much does one pay each semester?
The SAIH tenners are 20 - 40 kroner each semester, depending on who ich institution you belong to.

5. How much money does SAIH get from Norwegian students?
In 2018, more than 12 million Norwegian kroner was given to SAIH.

6. Are the SAIH tenners voluntary?
Yes. Students choose through their democratically elected organs to become members of SAIH and possibly apply a tenner system. It is a prerequisite that the established tenners are voluntary. SAIH tenners are administrated with the semester fee, and if the student can not deduct the 20 - 40 kroners from the semester fee before paying, one can get a refund on SAIH's webpages. SAIH encourages the institutions to have their own solutions in which students can reserve themselves from paying the SAIH tenners. The current tenner agreement is recognised according to the Law of the student life foundations § 10 (and §16 in their regulations).

7. How many get their SAIH tenners refunded each semester?
SAIH does not have an overview of how many students that do not wish to pay since the collections are administered locally by the student life foundations (see point 1). 

8. Does SAIH get economic support from others?
Yes. SAIH gets money for development cooperation, communication and policy work and local chapter activity. SAIH's local chapters get resources from a project grant through LNU (The Norwegian Children and Youth Council). SAIH also gets support from Norad (The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) in order to inform about development and North/South- issues. SAIH also gets support from Norad and Operation Dayswork (OD) which goes to development cooperation.

9. What projects do the SAIH tenners support this year?
SAIH tenners are not a fundraising campaign awarded to different causes each year, but supports long term projects in different countries. We support projects run by local organisations because closeness to the local challenges is necessary to make a change. All projects fall under one of SAIH's thematic programs. See point 12.

10. Which countries does SAIH operate in?
SAIH supports Projects related to higher education  in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Colombia and Myanmar.

11. Does SAIH work with emergency aid?
SAIH does not do emergency aid. SAIH wants to change the underlying causes to injustice and inequality, and to assist people in improving their life situations . SAIH therefore works with long-term aid to higher education and training and SAIH's motto is "Education for Liberation". The vision is civil, political, economic, social and cultural liberation.

12. What aid programs does SAIH operate?
SAIH has the following programs within higher and informal education:

  • Inclusive higher education in Bolivia for sustainable development 
  • Inclusive higher education in Colombia for a democratic and sustainable development 
  • Intercultural Higher Education for the Autonomy of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua 
  • Pilot Program Myanmar: Inclusive Education for Promoting Human Rights 
  • Inclusive Higher Education in South Africa Enhancing 
  • Academic Freedom for Improved Quality of Higher Education in Zambia 
  • Inclusive Higher Education in Zimbabwe 
  • Programme funded by Operation Days Work 2017-2021: Utdanning – et kraftigere våpen 
  • Programme funded by NOREC: Students’ rights, academic freedom and equitable higher education
  • Student Activist Academy

13. What is a local chapter?
Volunteers have always been and still are the foundation of SAIH's work in Norway. Today there are nine local chapters spread around the different institutions of higher education. SAIH's local chapters arrange a wide range of activities, such as debates and seminars, culture evenings, concerts and campaigns. In a local chapter you can also learn more about development cooperation and international politics.

14. What is the political theme?
SAIH's Annual Assembly each year chooses a political theme. This theme is the foundation for a national campaign at Norwegian institutions of higher learning the following year. The theme must be well grounded in SAIH's areas of competence, be a relevant theme for our partners, and also hold the potential for cooperation and networking in Norway and internationally. It is first and foremost the local chapters which work on the political theme at the different learning institutions.