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.
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.