To improve the quality of life of children, it is crucial to give them the opportunity to influence their living environment. For this reason, Botkyrkabyggen formed a children’s group in Fittja, a neighbourhood in the municipality of Botkyrka, located 20 km south of Stockholm, in 2022.
Photo from the inspection of one of Botkyrkabyggen’s playgrounds in Fittja.
What is ‘The Tigers’ children’s group?
The group, consisting of 18 children ranging in age from 8 to 16 years, calls themselves “The Tigers”, which stands for strength, will and beauty. Once a month, they get together to plan and execute events that improve the chances of a happy life for all the children who reside in and visit Fittja. All activities are linked to the UN’s Agenda 2030. Along with learning about children’s rights and opportunities, they also study the Children’s Convention.
“We want the children to be able to influence their surroundings and the place where they reside. We value the children’s perspective because they observe and hear things that we, as a housing company, typically do not consider. Working with them is an honour and a privilege”, says Alvaro Fuentes, housing strategist at Botkyrkabyggen.
Photo of Alvaro Fuentes at Botkyrkabyggen with members of The Tigers
The Tigers have had a significant impact on the housing company’s lighting strategy. Additionally, they have evaluated playgrounds and provided recommendations for how to improve them.
“We are able to express our opinions. Not all countries permit children to do that. But here we have a voice. I’m very happy about that," says Sara, one of the members of The Tigers.
Photo of Sara with members of The Tigers
Recently Botkyrkabyggen launched a new children’s group called “The Lions” in the neighbourhood of Norsborg in Botkyrka. The Lions stands for strength, safety, and belief in the future.