Dresden. About 35,300 children between the ages of nine and fifteen and about 33,300 young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one live in Dresden. Many of them feel at home in Dresden, graduate from school and have a successful start in their careers. Despite some adversities – dilapidated school buildings and a lack of recreational meeting places, for example. And a few of them stumble, become addicted to computer games and deal with alcohol and drugs.
How much attention are the six mayoral candidates from the parliamentary blocs represented in the city council willing to give to children and youth when they are elected? Sächsische.de has Eva Janjen (Greenz), Dirk Hilbert (LAD), Albrecht Pallas (SPD), Maximilian Krah (AfD), Andre Schulbach (left) and Martin Schulte-Wassermann (pirates) with the biggest problems.
The first problem: dangerous places in front of schools
location, location: Stefan Kraft, parent representative at Elementary School 30 in Hechtviertel, and Charlotte Krondorf, Principal of Semper-Gymnasium, say clearly: The road to school should be safer. Pedestrian crossings are missing, as are traffic lights. How do candidates react to this?
Schulbach: Left-wing candidate for mayor Andrei Schulbach asserts that as a father of two young children, this topic is close to his heart. “To improve safety on the way to school, I would like to create more zebra crossings, traffic lights and traffic islands.” In addition, the maximum speed should be limited to 30 km / h at sensitive points.
Palace and Ganjing: SPD candidate Albrecht Ballas and Green party candidate Eva Janijn also support more zebra crossings.
Schulte Wassermann: Pirate candidate Martin Schulte-Waserman says roads that are temporarily closed to cars at the start of school can curb parents’ bad habit of taxiing.
Hilbert: Mayor Lord Dirk Hilbert, who is running again for the Dresden Independent Citizens’ Association, says that possible traffic engineering solutions depend on local conditions.
hateAlternative for Germany candidate Maximilian Krahe calls for better cooperation between the city, schools and parents to identify security shortcomings.
Problem 2: There is a big traffic jam when schools are being renovated.
Situation: Smelly toilets, rundown plaster, leaking windows: Much remains to be done in Dresden schools. Education Mayor Jan Donhauser (CDU) recently told Sächsische.de that it will be at least ten years before the backlog of renovations is liquidated.
Hilbert: Dirk Hilbert confirms that around 800 million euros have already been invested between 2015 and 2022. “Despite the completion of numerous renovation procedures and new construction projects, the need for renovation is still very high, which is why investments in the construction of school buildings are once again the The biggest focus in the municipal budget.”
Palace: SPD man Pallas also wants to “spend at least €100 million annually to develop and build new schools and gymnasiums”.
year: Eva Jähnigen of the Green Party wants to campaign for a round table around the school building. “Because first of all we need better project management and not more money.”
Schulbach“In order to quickly reduce the backlog of renovation work in school buildings and gymnasiums, I will create additional outsourcing sites,” says left-wing candidate Andrei Schulbach.
Schulte Wassermann: The pirate Schulte-Wassermann calls for the newly created school office to “build and renovate more efficiently and quickly”. The school building budget should not be reduced for this.
hate: Maximilian Krah of the AfD wants to speed up planning for renovations. “There must be clear priorities for school investments in order to ensure the best infrastructure for schools across Dresden as quickly as possible.”
Problem 3: There is a lack of free space and meeting places for young people.
location, location: Young people often feel disruptive and want places where they can meet. This was noted by social worker Natalie Stratmayer of the Diakonie List’s Youth Employment Center Neustadt and Paul of the Friedrichstadt von Outlau Job Center. Would the candidates want to hold such retreats for children and youth?
HilbertDirk Hilbert Surprised. “I cannot share this in its entirety. We have a very well-established system of youth centers in Dresden, as well as a large number of offers, for example in the sports or musical and artistic fields.” Hilbert says that last year he began opening school yards, outdoor sports facilities or libraries. We will continue it this year to gain more experience.”
Palace: Albrecht Pallas confirms this impression and would like “to support the city’s schools and libraries, the Municipal Music College and the Adult Education Center to be able to develop into or become part of their district meeting centers.” Palace wants to think about meeting places from the start when designing and redesigning the school’s outdoor facilities, he says. You should not always be afraid that young people will destroy and destroy these places. “Children and especially young people need freedom in Dresden. When developing our city we must be more careful not to crowd them out.”
yearEva Jähnigen wants to “involve children and youth in shaping our city”. Young people will know better what places they want to use and how they need to be designed to make them attractive places to spend their free time. And Jähnigen wants to “make school sports grounds available for leisure activities of course,” she says. Youth clubs should also be open spaces, especially if it is not always necessary to be accompanied by professionals.
Schulbach: André Schollbach wants to create offers that are already accepted. “I propose to actively involve young people in finding and creating free spaces and meeting places.” Schulbach says the opening hours of youth clubs should be based on the needs of young people. “Proper school sports grounds should be developed into open spaces outside of school operations.”
hate: Maximilian Krah could imagine “skate parks like Lingnerallee or playgrounds and sports fields like the Ostra site” as open spaces. The close integration of leisure and school infrastructure is a matter close to his heart.
Schulte Wassermann: In this context, Schulte-Wasermann advocates that the Drywag district of Martha-Frankle Street become a meeting place. Instead of a parking lot, he could imagine a skate park at this point. “I also see great potential for outdoor sports under the Dresden bridges.” The pirate also suggests: “If you’re about to open up the school yards, you can also include public gardening in use.”
Problem 4: Not every school has social workers.
location, location: arson in school restrooms, violence, and bullying: there are always problems in schools. More than half of Dresden schools have a school social worker. Do candidates want to spend more money to bring in additional specialists?
Hilbert: Hilbert asserts that as a city alone you will immerse yourself and wants to have conversations with the Free State. “We can provide this support in more than 70 schools. In addition, we will soon support schools with classrooms for Ukrainian students through school social service.”
PalaceAlbrecht Pallas emphasizes that it is not just about school social work. “We rely on multi-professional teams in which, in addition to school social work, integration assistance and career guidance are covered.”
year: Eva Jähnigen wants to strengthen the role of school social workers. “They are assigned to the school and are available to the school community, but not to the school administration.”
SchulbachSchulbach asserts that one can only be satisfied when all schools are equipped to meet their needs. “We also count on the support of the Free State of Saxony.”
hateKarah says that “school social work is important as it can be used to secure learning success and therefore future opportunities for children.” However, the city should set priorities here and “should not distribute scarce budget funds using a watering can as before.”
Schulte Wassermann: Hacker candidate Schulte-Waserman believes: “Social work with young people is key to preventing expensive long-term damage in the first place. So, yes.”
The Sächsische Zeitung will present the mayoral candidates to its readers in its electoral forum. The event will take place on May 24 from 6-8pm at the Mitte Power Station. The Theater Junge Generation opens the great hall for this. Two free tickets will be given to each reader. Tickets are available at all DDV locations.