There needs to be more support for citizens in Wageningen who suffer from stress and burn-outs
According to the National Student Union, 75% of the students are exhausted. In addition, a third of them suffers from a burnout. In the education sector, the most amounts of burnouts have been recorded. These figures are extremely high and Connect Wageningen wants to do something about that. Firstly, Connect Wageningen wants sufficient housing for everyone and reduce travel time to work/study destinations, but we will also look at other options for reducing these figures. The municipality could also contribute to this by attracting sufficiently specialized psychologists with short waiting times. Silent areas near work locations, such as the campus, and licensing for wellness locations might be other possibilities. Connect Wageningen would like to realize a municipal health service (GGD) in Wageningen where these services can take place. In addition, Connect Wageningen wants to increase the information availability to prevent stress and burn-outs.
Connect Wageningen believes that a person continues to learn the rest of their life. This is extremely important, because learning, developing and experiencing shape a person and therefore contribute to well-being and health. In order to keep the well-being and health Wageningen inhabitants high, the subject of learning is very important for the municipality. In Connect Wageningens' opinion, the municipality still focuses too much on the tasks it receives from the government and leaves opportunities for specific Wageningen topics hanging.
In Wageningen € 5 million from € 93 million goes to education, which is approximately 5.3% of the municipality's total budget. Half of this goes to school buildings. Because the municipality expects that the costs for education will decrease by € 0.8 million per year, the construction of a school in Nieuw Kortenoord will also be realized.
Nieuw Kortenoord will get a bilingual primary school
The new built neighbourhood Nieuw Kortenoord is halfway finished, with expectations that about 500 children will live in this starters neighborhood. Connect Wageningen wants to give the opportunity for children to go to school near by home, without crossing the Kortenoord intersection. In addition, with the large international community and families in Wageningen, we see value in a bilingual school. This makes it more accessible to international families, as well as Dutch families wanting to broaden their childrens perspective. The bilingual school is further explained our integration program.
Increasing dialogue about stress across society
Connect Wageningen wants more attention for stress and overburdening. The pressure to perform is becoming higher for young people, students and current employees. PhD students are faced with high work pressure and frequently have (psychological) complaints. Many students know classmates who are trying to get back from burnout. Social media also has a large impact on young people by creating an idealistic image of a successful life. Unfortunately, admitting that you can no longer handle the workload is still a taboo. Connect Wageningen wants to make it a discussable topic over the course of the next 4 years, by taking joint action with different stakeholders.
Stronger and better networks between knowledge institutions and secondary schools
Connect Wageningen hears from many students that they would like to give back to society. They would especially like to share their knowledge on certain issues. Currently, an expensive subsidy is spent on climate education and sustainability. Connect Wageningen believes that initiatives whereby for example WUR students present case studies on sustainability to students at Pantarijn can be valuble. In this manner, we create better bonds with the WUR, we give back to community, and we create a continuous knowledge transfer and develop certain skills.
Transport for mentally and physically handicapped people to schools and work
We want to offer education for mentally and physically handicapped people as much as possible. Where that is not possible, we will pay for transport. However, we will not pay for transportation to religious education.