As part of a deal brokered between Thisted Council and area parents, the municipality has agreed to keep area institutions alive for the next four years. In turn, parents are promising to create new children to fill the institutions.
The daycares and schools face falling enrollment numbers and a municipal analysis suggested that the institutions be closed and merged with others in the area. But local politicians had a hard time accepting that and went to parents with a plea to be fruitful and multiply.
Area estate agents, banks and civic institutions are also committed to saving the institutions and keep residents from moving away.
“When it comes to partnership deals, it’s all about cooperating with many local actors to build up a synergy. It’s a cooperation, and not just with the parents. We need to get the falling birth rates turned around,” Thisted Council spokeswoman Ulla Vestergaard told broadcaster DR.
Parents told a council meeting this week that not only would they stay settled down in the community, they would also snuggle down in bed and get down to the hard work of producing future students for the area’s struggling institutions.