This year, Arina Naaz was chosen to be an Alderman in the Madurodam College of Mayor's and Alderman (B&W College). She will be replacing June Derz, who did a tremendous job last year.
Here is a little recap by Arina
This year, I was chosen to be the Alderman in the B&W college of Madurodam whilst representing the International School of The Hague. I am taking over from June Derz (Y13) who did an excellent job during her term in office.
It all began with Princess Beatrix, who became the first Youth Mayor of Madurodam when she was 14 years old. Princess Beatrix carried on this task for 28 years until she became the Queen of the Netherlands. The B&W college of Madurodam consists of 10 students from different high schools in The Hague.
The B&W College of Madurodam gives young students (aged 15 to 18 years old) the opportunity to become the Mayor or Alderman of Madurodam. We represent the smallest city of the Netherlands during several different occasions and include a working visit to the Mayor of The Hague.
We also play an important part in the Madurodam Kinderfonds, the foundation that donates 600,000 to 700,000 euros yearly on behalf of Madurodam to charities for children. The council contributes in making decisions on the charities that Madurodam supports and helps in assessing the applicants that the Madurodam Kinderfonds receives annually by visiting these organizations and reporting this to the board of Madurodam Kinderfonds.
Since its founding, Madurodam has donated almost 34 million euros to charities that stimulate children to be a better person. They also motivate them to connect with other people, regardless of age and their background. Madurodam believes that if children are there for each other on a small scale, then they are also of great importance to society.