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Teaching Basics Of Local Democracy

RuutiBudjetti will endeavor to introduce young people to the basics of democracy at a local level by creating more ways for them to actively get involved, such as participating in budgeting decision. As part of their daily school activities, students will be given tools to assist them in influencing decision making and in taking initiative at a local level, for example, getting involved with how extra-curricular activities are arranged by the city. Last year alone in Finland, over 67 000 students had a say in how youth work should look.

What is the idea of the experiment?

The goal of the experiment is to have the youth influence decision making on a local level. Starting in the Fall of 2016, RuutiBudjetti will be partnering with schools to find ways to implement their pilot on teaching citizenship skills and add onto the possibilities for students to be an active part of decision making in societies.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

The RuutiBudjetti has been in development since 2013 at the Helsinki Youth Department. In HundrED the idea is to add even more ways for youth to participate actively in the change in schools.

How will the experiment be scheduled?

The experiment will be trialed during the 2016-2017 school year.

Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED

The RuutiBudjetti is one of its kind in Finland. Internationally speaking, the best aspect of the RuutiBudjetti is to add youth influence to the development and transformation of local services.

Contact Information

Organization: The Helsinki Youth Department

School(s): Will be announced later.

Contact person: Inari Penttilä

Contact email: inari.penttila@hel.fi

Partnership(s): Will be announced later.

Helsinki Finland
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