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Next generation of citizens getting to grips with democracy
11:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
THE next generation of citizens will learn for themselves how and why their vote matters in a new project taking democracy into Redditch schools.
As part of Local Democracy Week, running all this week, pupils, supported by councillors and electoral experts from Redditch Council, will run their own school elections.
Competitions, work experience placements at the council and hands-on practical activities have been designed to break down some of the barriers young people have said stop them exercising their right to vote.
The aim is to demystify democracy.
Redditch Councillor John Fisher, responsible for democracy, said: “Nationwide there is a gulf between the numbers of older and younger people that vote and as the polling authority for Redditch we want to help change that.
“When you look at why only around a fifth of 18 to 24-year-olds vote, a lot of the feedback is that it’s often a case of simply never being shown what to do or how to do it.
“It’s our duty to prepare our children for their crucial role in our democracy and we are delighted at the response.”
St Augustine’s School and Matchborough First School were two of the schools first on board with the project.
For more information, visit coe.int/DEMOWEEK.
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