"For sustainable and longterm decision making"
I am 22 years old, studying public administration at Åbo Akademi University and I am currently vice chairman of Svensk Ungdom and of the student union of Åbo Akademi. In my free time I am a scout and I am generally active in associations and enjoy being with my friends. When I'm free, I like being in the nature and at sea.
I am running in the municipal elections because I want to advance the voice of young people and students in decision-making. When making political decisions, it is necessary to take into account the generation-political perspective in order to make the politics more long-term and not just something for the next elections. Especially after the corona-crisis, decisions need to be made from a more sustainable perspective. I want to see Turku invest in well-being, education and security.
Young people's well-being
Investments in the well-being of young people are a prerequisite for sustainable society development. If young people become burnt out or suffer from mental illness, they will not be able to work in the future.
It should be easy to get care with a low threshold when you need it and the investments should be at the preventive level. It is always better to invest in well-being at a preventive stage than only afterwards when the problems have become bigger.
Physical well-being supports mental well-being. Turku should create opportunities for everyone to easily exercise and have an opportunity for meaningful leisure. All young people should be able to have a hobby that they enjoy as it reduces the risk of exclusion.
The best school
It is always profitable to invest in education. There must be sufficient investment in healthy school buildings and students must feel safe going to school. After compulsory school, everyone should have an opportunity to continue studying at the second stage. In schools, there must be sufficient varying support for the students, so that everyone can complete their education. It is important that there are a sufficient number of school counselors and school psychologists close to the students.
Turku aims to be Finland's best study city by 2029 and this is something that requires investment. Turku should invest in good cooperation with the universities as they affect the municipality's attractiveness and future access to labor. Through long-term decision-making, you can get more students to stay here even after they have graduated.
The world’s most child-friendly country
All children must have a safe childhood. Turku should be a pioneer in creating a functioning network for families where they invest in preventive work and support at an early stage before problems become big. We should invest in e.g. outreach youth work, sufficient resources for child protection and effective cooperation between authorities.