The flags at Nesna on Helgeland in Nordland go straight to the top.
The costumes, which have been the very symbol of district revolt, are on again, but this time they are decorated for a party.
– Today, even Lilian in our action group has taken on the silver and then there is a party, says Jenny Myklebust, leader of the public action for higher education on Helgeland.
They have now fought to preserve the more than 100-year-old teacher education at Nesna for over two years now after Nord University proposed that the University College should be closed from 2022.
There have been many rounds and actions in one bunad. So many times that it starts to wear out.
It has been hard on bunad and nesnalabber in recent years, says Myklebust with a big smile on his face.
A solid day for Nesna
Inside the Campus on Nesna hang protest posters and banners showing the fight they have waged. They are stuck despite their solid victory today.
– This is an important part of the story and it is about the employees here on Campus who get a job to go to and we have saved an entire professional environment in teacher education and that is important. Not least, it is about the students who are allowed to go here, says Myklebust.
The action group has traveled to all 18 municipalities on Helgeland to face their case. It has been in the Storting and many other places to fight its cause.
– This means everything, says the mayor. Watch the interview from Campus on Nesna on Wednesday afternoon:
– I we congratulate all rapporteurs with the day today for this is a University College for the whole of Helgeland and Nordland. It means a lot to district Norway, says Myklebust.
The locals are also in ecstasy.
Inside the local shop, there is a set decorated with flags.
– There are joys and it is important for the whole municipality, says Svanhild Oversand.
– Happy Birthday?
– Thank you! These are great things. This shows that when you fight for your right, you get it. I want to praise the people’s action that has been going on tirelessly for two and a half years. This is a cornerstone company and it has been unthinkable that it would disappear. For us, this means a lot, says Stig Naustvold.
He is happy that the Center Party, which already in the municipal elections in 2019 said that Nesna should survive only if they came to power, keeps its word.
– He has done a great job here and it is the voters who have voted for it. This shows that there is credibility to the politicians, says Naustvold.
In this year’s Storting election, the Center Party received a support of as much as 36.8 percent on Nesna, which says that the citizens have put their trust in Sp.
The local leader of the Center Party at Nesna, Kurt Are Einmo, was at the store to shop when a nice phone call came from Trygve Slagsvold Vedum himself on Tuesday night.
– I found out at half past six yesterday, and then Trygve called and told me that you get through everything you want.
– How was that conversation?
– It was surreal. I did not quite understand that it was he who called where I was packing goods. It was a nice message that we get everything we have fought for, says Einmo.
– How important is this for Nesna?
– It means everything. We have been fighting for this for several years. We have seen that Nord University has carried out an active closure of Nesna since 2016 and we now see that the battle we have fought has worked. We have gained political influence and I am completely speechless, says Einmo,
For more than 100 years, the teacher education at Nesna has educated people. A few years ago, there were over 1300 students at the school and over 100 teachers.
After Nord University proposes to close down the study offers, the number of students has dropped to 200 and there are “only” 68 employees left.
When it is now time to invest in Nesna again, the work of establishing the study offers is fully underway again.
Now the job begins
– We have to rebuild, so now we are recruiting. If anyone wants to apply for a job at Nesna, you are most welcome. Here we stand for something important academically, so run and search, says Jenny Myklebust, leader of the public action for higher education on Helgeland.
Now there must be a majority in the Storting if Nesna is saved, but the people’s action is confident that they will.
– We have to put in place a management here at the school that can start the work because we sat here ready with created sleeves and are ready to start the work, Myklebust says.