150 pupils to learn about local democracy
OVER 150 young people from primary and secondary schools in Londonderry will take part in events to help them understand how local political representation works as part of Local Democracy Work.
Among the events scheduled for primary school children as part of Local Democracy Week is a guided tour of the Workhouse Museum and a quiz, an address from the Mayor, and the chance to take part in a debate with local councillors on the issue of “Television or Books, which is better.
Secondary schools will have the opportunity to put ‘quick fire’ questions to local councillors in Political Speed Dating.
This fast paced exciting game will afford young people the opportunity to engage face to face with their local Councillors. In a twist, the councilors will remain anonymous to the students as they vote for the elected representative they would choose based on how well they answered the questions.
“Human Rights Makes for More Inclusive Communities” is the theme for the youth Question & Answers session and will see guest speakers from the Pat Finucane Centre and the Law centre in attendance.
The Mayor, Sue Divin (Community Relations Officer, Derry City Council), Helen Harley (Children and Young People’s Officer, Derry City Council) as well as party representatives from all local political parties will also contribute to the morning session.
Mayor Kevin Campbell said: “Local Democracy Week is a fantastic way for our elected members to keep in touch with the youth of this city.
“It will help provide some insight into areas that affect young people and will subsequently help us make informed decisions on issues which may have an impact on their lives. This is particularly relevant as we move closer to the City of Culture 2013 and the opportunities they will present.”
Member Services Officer with Council, Karen Henderson said: “We had a tremendous response locally to our events so much so that we had to put on an extra day of events to facilitate demand.
“Over 20 elected members from across all parties have given their time to our programme and we are looking forward to a fun, informative but ultimately engaging week for all participants.”
Further information for schools is available by contacting Karen Henderson, Members Services Officer with Derry City Council at 028 7136 5151 - email@example.com or alternatively visiting www.derrycity.gov.uk/localdemocracyweek.
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