Special debate Business Group Education, Youth, Integration, Transparency
Vienna (OTS / RK) – GRin Marina Hanke, BA (SPÖ) spoke about the situation of young Viennese in Corona times. The pandemic “broke young people’s dreams” and interrupted their contacts with friends. “Because the corona pandemic hits young people particularly hard: Problems with finding an apprenticeship, unemployment, worries and fears about the future are an immense psychological burden.” This shows once again how important the dense network of offers in Vienna is Hank. Young people are often not involved in political debates and discussions. But it is “the responsibility of politics” to deal with the living environment of the boys and they make a promise: “We will certainly not let you down”. At the federal level there would be no measures specifically for young people. “Vienna has made a promise to make Vienna the most child and youth-friendly city,” said Hanke. This project is supported with numerous measures. “Children and young people are equally important to us, we stand by your side,” promised Hanke.
GR Ömer Öztas (Greens) was pleased that he was allowed to stand here “although young, immigrant and raised in Brigittenau”. It is not the youth who are disaffected with politics, it is the other way around, said Ötztal. Today’s youth is more colorful, queer and diverse than before. “That’s why it’s important that people like me give young people a voice. And we came to stay, ”announced Öztas. Young people are particularly affected in the current crisis because they are the first to lose their jobs. The resulting lack of perspective leads to frustration instead of pleasure in participating in politics. The red-green government had given the youth perspectives, now Öztas read “only lip service” in the government program. He submitted a motion that the City of Vienna should work out a training strategy for young people.
GR Peter Florianschütz, MA, MLS (SPÖ) confessed “proudly” to the government program, “because it will bring together a lot for migrants in our city”. He also reminded that today is the day of human rights, which are “excellently” shown in the government program. The fact that not all human rights measures are explicitly represented is due to the fact that “human rights are scrutinized everywhere”. The municipal department 17 takes over “the liability for a good coexistence in the city, because it stands on the side of the weak”. Florianschütz said: “Vienna has been investing in German and educational measures for many years. So far we have made more than 10,000 funded courses possible and have thus been able to provide significant support for integration into society and the labor market. ”Municipal Department 35 and the government will increasingly advocate modern and integration-promoting citizenship law at the federal level. “Because it is not okay that 40 percent of the residents in my home district of Favoriten are not entitled to vote and are therefore excluded from political co-determination and participation.” The right to vote is a core right of democracy. Citizenships would not be given away. “The right to vote is a treasure for everyone who deserves it,” concluded Florianschütz.
GR Nikolaus Kunrath (Greens) said that the Vienna City Council decided in December 2014 that Vienna was a human rights city. Little of that could be found in the government program. Kunrath brought in a motion demanding that the city’s human rights office must be upgraded “in order to work independently and independently”. Kunrath noted: “Human rights play a central role for society, and they must apply unconditionally in Vienna and be strengthened at the EU’s external borders.” There are reports from the camps on Lesbos that would be shocking. Solutions are finally needed here, after all, the camps are on EU soil. In a further application, Kunrath demanded that Vienna should become part of the “Seebrücke” initiative and a “safe haven”. “Let’s show solidarity today on December 10th, Human Rights Day,” concluded Kunrath.
Deputy Mayor and City Councilor for Education Christoph Wiederkehr, MA (NEOS) remarked that the debate shows him “that the opposition and the government are united by their commitment to the next generation”. The current corona situation raises the question of how kindergartens and schools in Vienna can be supported in the best possible way. For example, after-school care and meal fees have been reimbursed to parents. Educational success and equal opportunities are the overarching brackets in his department. “Not all measures can be implemented in the next year, but the basics for the coming years are mapped out in the 2021 budget plan.” He is pleased when people living in Vienna want to obtain citizenship. “It is important to me that the hurdles are lowered and that the responsible municipal department is provided with additional funds and more staff.” More than 156 million euros are earmarked for school expansion and structural adaptation of school buildings to climate change in 2021. This would also create campus schools that are CO2-neutral and 112 additional classrooms. “In the children and youth sector, we will also invest more in violence prevention and the city’s child and youth strategy will strengthen the rights of young people,” said Wiederkehr. He is also happy about the first “queer youth center”, which is to be built in 2021. The project “Wiener Lichtblicke” is currently showing that Vienna is a city of human rights. But human rights are “never self-evident”, they always have to be fought for, said the Vice Mayor. In terms of transparency, Wiederkehr announced that the city would have uniform funding criteria. “But transparency is more than committee work, but traditionally strong official secrecy stands in opposition to the demand for access to files by citizens. We want to make changes in this area as well. ”Finally, Wiederkehr praised the“ numerous great achievements of parents and pupils in home schooling ”and the“ great commitment ”of civil society, which is shown in measures such as the“ flying learning cafés ”.
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