Take action for equality
– from youth to youth!

What can be achieved with your help?

15€ Workshop on life skills for a youth group.

50€ Workshop on menstruation and sexual health for teenage girls.

100€ Training on active citizenship for four youth.

Taksvärkki 2018 fundraising

This campaign has ended. The new campaign for the school year 2019–2020 can be found here.

Youth in Zambia face discrimination in school, at home and on the streets. Girls from poor families, youth with refugee background, youth living and working on the street or youth with disabilities don’t receive the education and healthcare they need. Barefeet Children’s Council members defend those without a voice and inspire other youth to act against discrimination.

”My dream is that everyone gets the same opportunities.”

Iiris, 14, Finland


”I want to live in a world where everyone can be themselves without any fear.”

Alexander, 16, Finland

Taksvärkki from youth to youth

In Taksvärkki Finnish youth support groups of young advocates in Zambia. Barefeet Children’s Council members focus on topics which affect their communities and the youths. These active youth use peer to peer education and Theatre for Development to make a positive change. By taking part in the Taksvärkki campaign, Finnish youth support their peers in Zambia.

By spending one day at work and donating their pay to Taksvärkki / ODW Finland’s campaign, Finnish youth fund a long-term development cooperation project in Zambia. ODW’s local partner organization Barefeet Theatre is in charge of the practical implementation of the project.

Young people have what it takes to change the world. That is why they are protagonists, not merely beneficiaries in ODW’s development cooperation projects. The annual ODW campaign is young people’s own development cooperation, from youth to youth.

The patroness of the Taksvärkki campaign is President Tarja Halonen.

Enroll your school here

Your Taksvärkki workday can be any day during the school year.

In Finland, the ODW campaign has a strong development education component. ODW volunteer Global Educators visit elementary and secondary schools in different parts of Finland and hold workshops on equality, fighting discrimination, active youth in Zambia, 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 in Finland and Zambia.
Enroll your schoolOrder a free workshopMaterial for teachers


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