What role do young people play in society
Only those who invest in the next generation will invest in society as a whole in the medium and long term. The socialists believe in the idealism and the will to act of the youth. You build on the qualities and skills of each individual.
For the socialists, youth is not just a transition phase between childhood and adulthood, but an independent phase of life. This makes it all the more important for young people to participate in social and political life. Equal opportunities for all children and young people as well as conveying basic values of our society such as democracy, solidarity and tolerance are the focus of a socialist policy.
In youth work, the principle of subsidiarity remains the top priority. However, where the private initiative does not exist or is insufficient, it is important to provide targeted support or to act independently as a state. A stronger state and municipal offer has been achieved in recent years through a decentralized youth policy. The youth organizations and voluntary work in the youth sector received special support in this way. The training and further education of full-time and part-time employees will be increased. This is done through a new form of special leave, the "Congé associatif".
The socialists will advocate that social research, especially in the field of youth, is supported and expanded. Only a country that has precise data on its young people, that knows their wishes, fears and needs, can break new ground efficiently and competently. Synergies with private initiatives are to be encouraged in this area. The first approaches have already been implemented. This needs to be expanded. In this sense, the socialists will also work to ensure that a youth observatory is set up at the European level.
For the socialists it is of great importance that instead of a policy for the young people, there should be more and more politics with and through the young people. It is important to give the floor to young people - but also to children depending on their maturity - to listen to them, let them have a say and have a say in decision-making. Only those who include those affected in the decision-making processes can be sure in the long run that the measures taken are as close as possible to real needs.
Participation can and should take place in many places. The socialists will ensure that the youth can participate in community life and take responsibility at both national and local level.
The socialists will lower the voting age for the right to stand for election in local, parliamentary and European elections to 18 years. Lowering the right to vote to 16 years should not be a political taboo. Under labor law and especially in the social elections, underage workers should be granted the same rights as their older colleagues. In the case of election results, not the age but only the number of votes or, in the case of a tie, the lot may be decisive for the clothing of a mandate.
The socialists also want to allow young people to come together in associations. This is of particular importance in the school sector, e.g. to set up student committees. Young people from the age of 16 should be allowed to represent an association in civil life.
The legal anchoring of the youth voluntary service opens up new perspectives for the integration of young people into the social and economic structures of society. The success of this initiative must be ensured by providing the necessary financial resources.
In order to increase the participation of young people in local life, the municipalities are encouraged to work with representatives of the youth to work out "local action plans for youth policy". Young people should also become full members of community commissions and play an important role in local democracy. For this purpose, child and youth-specific structures such as youth councils and student committees are to be set up in the communities.
The socialists want to strike a better balance between the rights and duties of parents and children. In the event of separation, it should be possible for both parents to be granted custody and the children should be given the right to visit their father and mother.
In principle, a child in his family must enjoy the protection of society. Luxembourg has a high percentage of out-of-home children. Before finding out-of-home care, one should help the affected family on site to cope with their difficulties and try to avoid placement in a home or with a host family (assistance éducative en milieu ouvert). If an admission to a home becomes unavoidable, the legal guardians are to be included in the decision and the further care. Good psychological care for children and parents is essential in such cases.
Mediation centers must be an alternative to the usual judiciary. The mediation center, to which young people and parents can turn in the event of conflict situations, is being expanded. This can be done decentrally.
The socialists advocate an independent ombudsperson for children and young people. Their main task is to ensure that children's rights are respected and implemented at all levels of social life and to be the first point of contact for children and young people with problems.
Especially in court, the opinion of the child or adolescent must be obtained depending on their age and maturity and taken into account in accordance with their welfare. In court, children and young people need professional assistance in all situations.
In recent years, a number of infrastructures have been created or expanded that serve young people and allow them to participate in socio-political processes. As in the sports sector, the socialists will provide targeted support for the construction and modernization of youth infrastructures within the framework of a five-year plan approved by parliament.
At the moment, a number of youth organizations, or organizations that serve the youth, are housed in several locations. In order to avoid overspending, to enable more efficient organization of the work and to offer the young people a central point of contact, the socialists will set up a national youth center. This youth center will be available to all national organizations as a working, discussion and conference center.
The range of youth centers where young people can participate creatively in joint programs in their free time or can access the help and information provided by the full-time employees has been significantly improved and expanded in recent years. There are currently 23 youth centers available to young people. The socialists will expand the tried and tested cooperation between the state, municipalities and private sponsors in this area.
Young people should have a right to use modern media. Computer science is playing an increasingly important role in order to survive on the job market. Youth centers have to recognize and remedy deficits here.
The socialists will ensure that the "Service National de la Jeunesse", in cooperation with the youth centers, takes an active role in the implementation of the national employment plan. Similar to the "aide-senior" training in the elderly area, a new "aide-junior" training cycle is intended to give young people additional qualifications and enable them to enter the labor market.
The project initiated by the socialists to create a music hall for young people in Esch / Alzette will be implemented immediately. In addition to this cultural offer, rehearsal rooms are made available for youth music groups.
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