We want to hear children's ideas about the issues that will shape their future. This is why we also have a Youth Council, with support from the Missing Chapter Foundation, a partner of Unicef Netherlands.
Every school year, we present the Youth Council with a question. Last year's question was: “How can DNB prevent young people from getting into debt?" In the past school year, we told the children about our plans for a future-proof, open and sustainable new office building, asking them about the practical aspects they would want to see addressed. The children then got down to work to study the issue, based on information we provided and talks with our experts. The Council then presented its findings and recommendations to our Governing Board.
The Youth Council comprises 30 senior pupils from De Vlinderboom primary school in Amsterdam. Some of the tips they gave for our new office building were:
- Make sure to have large windows to let daylight in. They also inspire confidence, because everyone can look inside.
- Hoist the three flags of DNB, the Netherlands and Europe, to show that these are important.
- Vegetable gardens look really nice, and when school classes visit, they will notice that DNB cares for the environment.
Watch this video in Dutch to get an impression.
Everyone benefits from having a Youth Council: children get the opportunity to have a say in what happens in the world around them, decision makers discover new approaches to problems, and teachers are inspired by the children's creative thinking. When setting up the Youth Council, DNB received support from the Missing Chapter Foundation , a partner of Unicef Netherlands. The two organisations aim to ensure that children have an equal voice in the decisions that affect them, now and in the future.