Taksvärkki campaign 2021–2022
Taksvärkki Day is an opportunity to make a change!
Every young person has the right to participate and make an impact. In Taksvärkki young people are working together to tackle discrimination faced by people with disabilities.
With the Taksvärkki campaign, we want to make discrimination against people with disabilities, or disablism, visible. At the same time, we show how everyone can take action against discrimination faced by people with disabilities.
In the “What is stopping you?” -campaign both disabled and non-disabled young changemakers share their opinions about participating and the barriers to getting one’s voice heard.
Human rights apply to everyone. Everyone should be involved in decision-making and making an impact.
Proceeds from the Taksvärkki fundraising will support the work of youth organizations in Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zambia. Youth groups defend the equal rights of young people and the appreciation of diversity. Non-discrimination is a key principle of the groups.
In the project countries, discrimination against people with disabilities is addressed, e.g. through peer educators, trainings and various campaigns. Young people work together with adults and decision-makers. This is how we bring about change.
The challenges are global and common. Together we can solve them. By participating in the Taksvärkki campaign and fundraising you are contributing to building a fairer world and make a difference.
Taksvärkki works from youth to youth
By spending one day at work and donating their pay to Taksvärkki (ODW Finland) ’s campaign, Finnish youth fund a long-term development cooperation projects. Taksvärkki’s local partner organizations are in charge of the practical implementation of the projects.
Young people have what it takes to change the world. That is why they are the protagonists, not merely beneficiaries in Taksvärkki’s development cooperation projects. The annual Taksvärkki campaign is young people’s own development cooperation, from youth to youth.
Taksvärkki is your chance to make a difference!
Your Taksvärkki workday can be any day during the school year.
In Finland, the Taksvärkki campaign has a strong development education component. Our volunteer Global Educators visit elementary and secondary schools in different parts of Finland and hold workshops on equality, discrimination, active youth, and children’s rights. These workshops are complemented by high-quality learning materials and study packages for teachers. The goal is to raise a sense of global responsibility in Finnish youth and to build links between youth.
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The proceeds of the Taksvärkki fundraising are used to defend the rights of people with disabilities. For example by these means:
Two peer educators can provide training for 70 young people in Zambia. The subject of the trainings is equality and non-discrimination against people with disabilities.
In Malawi, a bicycle is available for a group of young people. With bicycle rides, young people with disabilities who are interested in making an impact can take part in youth group meetings.
The student council members of a Nepalese school can organize an advocacy campaign in nearby villages. The youth will promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Taksvärkki fundraising day
One part of the Taksvärkki campaign is the Taksvärkki fundraising campaign. It is based on a day’s work, or ”Taksvärkki”.
Different collection methods:
Where can you find Taksvärkki jobs?
On a Taksvärkki Workday, you can work in a company or household, for example. Taksvärkki work can be done almost anywhere, for example in a shop, office, café, home, local radio station, theater or parliament as an assistant. The whole school or class can also do contract work for a municipality or company together.
The Taksvärkki Workday also makes workplaces familiar
On a Taksvärkki Workday, students can learn about working life in a field they are interested in. At the same time, they can gain useful experience and network for future summer jobs.
Taksvärkki’s monthly newsletter gives perspectives on different cultures and the realities of developing countries. It gives useful tools and materials to be used in global education in schools and other educational institutions as well as the latest news related to the campaign.
The patroness of the Taksvärkki campaign is President Tarja Halonen.
Our achievements in 2020
children and youth in Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zambia participated in Taksvärkki’s development cooperation programme.
trainings where youth learned new skills and got peer support.
adult duty-bearers participated in promoting and supporting the rights of youth.
“The participation of people with disabilities must be taken seriously. Their opinions must not be ignored.”
Madalitso, 18, Malawi