Children & Youth Parliament
Children and youth parliaments enable participation. The students have the chance to help shape their district, to shape their living environment and to experience democracy directly by bringing in their own ideas. Since 1999, preparatory workshops have been held in school classes in the 3rd to 8th grade (elementary schools and new middle schools - such as the school in Diehlgasse) in autumn. The goals are on the one hand to bring the students closer to district politics and to enable them to participate in this context. In the workshops, they learn what the district is responsible for and how district politics work. It is worked out what they like in their immediate living environment and what ideas they have for change. And on the other hand, to be taken seriously and heard by politics and administration. The pupils choose one central topic per class and two delegates who present it to the children's or youth parliament. Each school year there are two meetings for the children's parliament and two for the youth parliament in the Margareten administrative building with the district council and representatives of district politics. The basic principle of these meetings is:
The children have the floor and are taken seriously!
In 2019, in addition to the infrastructural redesign, the ideas were all about sustainability:
- Repeat the environmental festival
- Organize rubbish collection campaigns
- Desires for social activities and parties together