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Well done Switzerland! Citizenship evening

I want to say "Well done Switzerland"! We've had a few moans about our beloved host country, but when they do things brilliantly, it is worth mentioning: we live just outside Geneva and our son will be 18 years old this year.
For all residents who are or will be 18 this year, regardless of their nationality, the Canton Geneva organised on Monday night "une soiree citoyenne" at Theatre du Leman.

The village authorities where we live first took the kids out for a pizza and drinks (all paid for), then drove them to the Theatre. A rather official (and yes at times a little too lengthy!) first part (including national anthem and Geneva's own "Ce que l'Aino") tried to instill in our youth the sense of "engagement" (commitment) into the community, with a well known 60 year-old climber who came to show a film about perseverance and "keeping your dream alive"inspire, reps from the Geneva Youth Parliament having a round table with a sport journalist, a Minister congratulating them and welcoming them into adulthood ...

The second half was a show that got the whole audience on their feet, starring Michael Gregorio, an amazing impressionist from Paris who can sing, copying 1000 different voices, male or female, ranging from Edith Piaf and Jack Brel to opera, heavy rock, The Clash or the Beatles, pop and jazz. I was awestruck by his duet Billie Halliday/Ray Charles! He can even recreate electric guitar pieces by Santana or Mark Knopfler.

Our son came out of this all full of admiration for Switzerland and the efforts made towards his integration into Swiss society. I know of a lot of countries who could look at this Geneva model to inspire youngsters from other countries to feel part of their host community, rather than doing some "youth bashing" in the media.
Bravo et merci Geneve pour cette soiree inoubliable!
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Re: Well done Switzerland! Citizenship evening

Is this a common practise across the whole of Switzerland? I mean do such events also occur in Bern, Zurich etc.
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Re: Well done Switzerland! Citizenship evening

You need to ask your local authorities. They also do a lot of other things here in Geneva: thanks to our village, for example, our two children (aged 10 and 17 1/2) got a 100 CHF voucher each to spend on any cultural event, may it be a concert, visits to museums, exhibitions, a cultural day out...
Last week end, they also took every child aged between 12 and 18 who was interested on a skiing day, all expenses paid for. The rationale is to get kids off their computer/TV and to get them to know each other better, as well as fostering social skills. I'm sure this is the kind of activities that are organised throughout Switzerland.

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Re: Well done Switzerland! Citizenship evening

Yes this is also done in other parts of Switzerland. In German it's called "Jungbürgerfeier" and it is organised by the community (Gemeinde). Therefore the "content" varies a lot from community to community.

I am glad that you liked the evening!
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We had this in our little village in Vaud. The new residents and the new "citizens" (the ones who turned 18), plus the community leaders and representatives from the different organizations in the region, all got together for dinner in the community room.

We got a letter from the commune inviting us. I normally don't go to these things but I did and I'm glad I did. It was sweet. Really a nice thing.
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Re: Well done Switzerland! Citizenship evening

As others pointed out, it all depends on the local Gemeinde. Where I'm from it was a nice little speech, some present handed out and then free dinner and drinks where everyone got drunk.
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