Children build their own city
You seldom see so many hard-working children in one pile. 80 children between the ages of ten and 14 create their own little town on the land of the awo challenge center in hannes-strehly-strabe. With the support of around 20 volunteer supervisors from the district youth organization of the arbeiterwohlfahrt, they were allowed to realize all their ideas here until saturday. They say and drill, paint and text, study and organize their daily lives independently.
The head of klein-kulmbach is mayor konrad friedrichs, elected democratically by the castle assembly. "Everything that is important is discussed there. New offers will be announced, and if there are problems, they will be solved together", the eleven-year-old from kulmbach explains the principle. He himself works as an editor for the mini-ku newspaper, which informs the burghers every day.
As a self-confident mayor, konrad is proud of his small town and likes to show what it has to offer. "We have everything you need here." There is a burgerburo and an employment office, doctors, craftsmen, a post office and a bank. And a police station: police officer tom stocker has his hands full as he searches for the sender of a threatening letter.
"The girls and boys perform services for each other and are rewarded with kuros", frank doppel from the awo youth organization explains the concept of the play city. The earnings are reinvested – in food, fashion advice, sporting events or for the rent or construction of their own house.
Mini-ku burgers find out who’s offering what via their radio station. The children themselves are responsible for the program. Miriam baumann is part of the team and makes sure that the planning fits during her shift: "i’ve found my dream job."