The municipality of Amsterdam is looking for a children’s mayor and fourteen members for the children’s council. Amsterdam students from groups 7 and 8 can sign up for this.
The children’s mayor tells the municipality what children find important and what their wishes are. He is assisted in this by the children’s council. The children’s mayor accompanies the mayor and/or aldermen to special events, such as the National Commemoration on Dam Square on 4 May, and sometimes gives a short speech. The members of the children’s council can also act as deputy mayor. Current Children’s Mayor Dominic: “The tribe of children is important. They are also residents of the city. Over the past year, I have done my best together with the children’s council to be the voice for all children from Amsterdam.”
And what will the children’s council do?
The members of the Children’s Council ensure that questions, wishes and concerns of children end up on the agenda of Amsterdam politics. They draw up a list of topics that they consider important and think about how things can be improved. For a year, the children’s council has worked hard to create existing poverty relief, so that all children can practice a sport and participate in cultural activities. In addition, she has to develop information about protecting prejudices. The Children’s Council meets on a Wednesday each month.
How can you give up?
Children from groups 7 and 8 who live in Amsterdam can sign up until September 27, 2021 by sending in a video. The municipality nominates candidates from each district from the submitted videos. A jury decides which of the nominees will be included in the children’s council. The new children’s council members choose among themselves who will be the children’s mayor.
For more information and a recruitment video with the current children’s council and children’s mayor, watch:
at amsterdam.nl/kinderraad. The video may be posted.