We want to make Tampere an even better place to live and work.
During its history, Tampere has served as the stage for various events of great social significance and related to equality. Now we are publishing a number of actions that will promote equality and improve the everyday life of our residents. The first actions promote the equality of children and young people, as well as the equality of event activities. More actions will be published during the whole year.
Tampere and Pirkanmaa area has applied for the European Capital of Culture 2026. Equality has been selected as the leading theme.
“Tampere wants to develop into the capital of equality by 2026. At the core of this are the citizens, local communities, companies, and the city’s own organisation. We promote equality actively together", explains Lauri Lyly, the Mayor of Tampere. “The significance of equality has also become recognised internationally. The focus is on the wellbeing of all operators within the society. We have challenged the whole area of Pirkanmaa to implement actions that promote equality. This means enhancing the everyday life of local residents and promoting the success of municipalities."
Investing in children and young people
The investments in the equality of children and young people will in 2020 be reflected in participatory budgeting, the Taidekaari cultural education programme, and the promotion of activity opportunities for children.
In participatory budgeting, we will make a reservation in the budget for 2020 towards promoting the wellbeing of children and young people. Participatory budgeting is a method in which local residents submit their ideas related to the given theme, develop these ideas at workshops, and then select the ones to be implemented through voting. All persons who at least 12 years old can vote. The opinions of younger children will also be listened to in the voting phase.
Another action that promotes equality is reducing the differences in wellbeing among children and young people by means of the Tampere Junior development programme. The vision of the programme is “the best city in Finland to grow". The aim is to enhance the activity opportunities of, in particular, children and young people in Tampere.
The equality of children and young people is also being promoted through the Taidekaari cultural education programme. The programme has been implemented successfully in previous years and, starting in 2020, the programme will be made permanent through the City’s own funding and will cover all grades of primary education. Every primary school student in Tampere has the opportunity to take part in the programme. In previous years, 93 % of the students have participated in the programme. In 2020, the themes of Taidekaari will be equality and sustainable development.
As the fourth action we present a strength award, which is aimed at 6th grade students and will be distributed to all students at the end of the school year. The award will specify the strengths of each student. The aim of the award is to strengthen each student’s self-image and understanding of their strengths. The strength award will be introduced in all primary schools in Tampere.
Promoting event activities
In 2020 we will serve as the venue for several large events that promote equality. The Homeless World Cup football tournament will be organised in Tampere at the turn of June and July. The tournament will bring together over 500 players from more than 50 countries. All players have been homeless at some point of their life. Seminars and other activities that promote equality will also be organised in connection to the tournament.
In September 2020, the Accessible Arts and Culture 2.0 event that promotes equality and accessibility through arts and culture will be organised in Tampere.
We are also involved in the Everyone’s Festival project which aims to promote the equality and accessibility of events. Together with Accessible Arts and Culture, we will organise workshops in 2020 aimed at local event organisers, where they will learn about the accessibility of events and prepare accessibility plans.