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Participation and sustainable development

The basic education curriculum of the City of Helsinki obliges schools to introduce pupils to different means of influencing things and building a sustainable future.

Participation groups

All comprehensive schools have a students’ union with a board elected each year. The students’ union develops the operations of the school together with teachers and practises decision-making and taking responsibility. In addition to this, schools have many other participation groups, e.g. peer mediation groups, tutors, eco-agents, food panels and break-time activity student guides.

The Ruuti participation system

In Helsinki, young people between the ages of 13 and 17 may participate in Ruuti activities. The Youth Council, with 30 members elected annually, represents and supports the voice of young people and ensures that it is heard and heeded in the City and in the various departments of the City. Young people also have their own channel for initiatives, and anyone over the age of 12 may submit their own ideas for the participatory budgeting of the City.

Sustainable development

Building a sustainable future is included in the values of the curriculum of comprehensive schools in Helsinki and as one of the comprehensive goals in teaching subjects. In comprehensive schools, the environmental programme is part of the operating plan. Student environment groups operate in schools and develop the environmental efforts of schools.

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