The Children's Municipality project, the first of which was realized in Seferihisar by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, is spreading. The second Children's Municipality was opened in Tire within the scope of the works initiated to spread the vision project of Mayor Tunç Soyer to all districts. President Soyer reminded that various practices were carried out in Turkey in order to implement the UNICEF criteria to create “Child Friendly Cities” and said that they are working with great determination to meet these criteria.
The Children's Municipality practice, which was first initiated in Seferihisar by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, is becoming widespread. A child-focused system, which supports children's ability to express their thoughts openly, produce solutions, and actively participate in decision-making mechanisms, to develop participatory democracy, to protect children's rights, and to participate directly in the administration, was opened in the Children's Municipality Tire. The Children's Municipality, implemented jointly by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Tire Municipality, was inaugurated by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and Tire Mayor Salih Atakan Duran.
Other districts also took the project as an example.
The children's Municipality opening program was hosted by Fatih Secondary School students Abdullah Yağız Güreşen and Ecem Betül Kara, 13 years old. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, Tire Mayor Salih Atakan Duran and his wife Necibe Duran, Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult, Ödemiş Mayor Feridun Yılmazlar and his wife Filiz Yılmazlar, Ödemiş Mayor Mehmet Eriş and his wife Selma Eriş, Torbalı Mayor Mithat Tekin, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, many children and citizens attended.
Work continues in 3 more districts
Speaking at the opening, President Tunç Soyer said that he saw the sparkle in the eyes of the children and that everyone got all their strength from this sparkle. President Soyer, Karşıyaka and in Buca, the district municipalities have accelerated the opening of children's municipalities, and the work of the Children's Council has started in Gaziemir. President Soyer reminded that various practices were carried out in Turkey in order to implement the UNICEF criteria to create “Child Friendly Cities” and said that they are working with great determination to meet these criteria.
“Whatever we do, we actually do it for our children”
Stating that they share every corner of the city, streets, avenues, houses and parks, in short, everything that makes a city a city, with children, Mayor Soyer said, “Moreover, whatever we do in this life… Our projects and all our plans. We actually do it for our children. Whatever our mission is. The words that come out of our mouths, every decision we make, touches the lives of our children more than we do. It determines their future,” he said.
“We should be able to see the world through the eyes of children”
With this in mind, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer reminded that he decided to establish a Children's Municipality while he was running as the Seferihisar Municipality Mayor, and said: “Because children had to have a say when describing their own future. Thus, Turkey's first Children's Municipality was born in Seferihisar. The Children's Municipality we established gave me the following opportunity as a mayor: It made it possible for me to see the world through the eyes of children. Will a park be built? Or a school, a marketplace? Of course, the opinions of experts and decision makers are important. However, seeing a facility through the eyes of the children who will use it is as valuable as the technical aspects of the issue. Because that park, that school, that living space belong to the children.”
Children's Municipality spreads throughout the city
Mayor Soyer stated that they found the key to take action not only for children but also together with children in Seferihisar Children's Municipality and said, “Today we are carrying this key to Tire, the ancient district of İzmir. Today, we are proud to open Tire Children's Municipality together with Tire Municipality. In another part of İzmir, in Gürçeşme, the construction of the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Children's Municipality campus continues. Our contribution to our children's municipality, which we are proud of supporting Tire Municipality for the renovation of the building and the construction of its garden, will continue from now on. We will be with our Tire Municipality in the organizations, training activities and all other works here.” Soyer thanked Salih Atakan Duran, who adopted the vision of the Children's Municipality and brought it to Tire.
“We will find the opportunity to bring the ideas of children to life”
Tire Mayor Salih Atakan Duran also appointed the Children's Municipality to the district. kazanHe thanked İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and said, “With this beautiful application, we will enable our children to participate more in the municipality. We will find the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. We value our children very much. Their opinions are very important to us in every field of municipal administration. We will consult them in all areas," he said.