Soundscape: A woman speaking with the sounds of a day-care centre in the background
DAY-CARE TEACHER: Hi and thanks for taking the time to have this development discussion about Belle. I know you’re really busy with the democracy forum and all the other things you’re working on. So, we usually have this development discussion when a child turns five, because their last year in day-care is so important. Belle will now be a senior influencer at the day-care centre and she will also be able to choose what kind of influencer profile she wants to focus on in her pre-primary education. From what I’ve seen, she has a lot of potential when it comes to promoting socio-economic equality. Lately I’ve also noticed she likes to play doctor, so maybe she’ll have a role to play in reforming social welfare and healthcare services!
We’ll start off with a quick report on Belle’s recent participation and potential. Then we’ll move on to her future influencer horizon and wrap up with some information on the latest head lice epidemic. Feel free to ask questions, interrupt me or bring up a new topic linked to this discussion.
When we select responsibilities from picture cards during morning circle time, she often chooses hand hygiene awareness as her area of responsibility for the week, which means that her job is to refill the soap dispensers and restock paper towels. She‘s also been really active in our discussion panels. I should also point out that the teddy bear care facility that Belle has come up with could be developed into a workshop method and maybe even an international spearhead project from this day-care centre. After all, regardless of age and experience, we all have the opportunity to exercise influence in our society, and it is essential that we give Belle that experience.
Maybe her interest in social welfare and healthcare reform comes from the home — after all, you were involved in the citizen activities behind the previous reform of social welfare and healthcare services, weren’t you, Reetta? Of course we don’t want to rule out any alternatives from her influencer horizon. As she gets older, she may have many different avenues for participating in democratic decision-making.
Excuse me just a moment. (walks away from the mic, talks to someone: Jussi, could you please start a conciliation here. Returns to the mic.) Sorry about that. We’re having our afternoon world parliament session and there’s a fight over who gets to play the Chinese delegate. They were pulling each other’s hair.