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Springwell Community College students Do Democracy

Springwell College students from the School Council with Toby as part of their Do Democracy event

Springwell College students from the School Council with Toby as part of their Do Democracy event

Toby Perkins MP joined Springwell Community College ‘School Matters’ school council members and the Antibullying team for a discussion on the importance of democracy, as part of #ParliamentWeek and #DoDemocracy.

Toby said “It is vitally important that young people learn about Democracy and access to power, if we are to maintain a democratic political system in this country.   This initiative is a great opportunity for young people to get what is important to them on the political agenda”

Parliament Week encourages young people to learn about how the decisions which determine the sort of society we live in are made be it at local, regional or national level, and how they can access and influences those decision. 

“Springwell Community College has an active and impressive anti-bullying agenda, and so unsurprisingly many of the issues the students felt keenly about were around Antisocial behaviour and bullying.  Raising the issue of Arts Funding for Schools as well as ideas to combat youth under-employment demonstrates to me how important it is that the decision makers like MPs listen to the voices of our younger generation. 

Ann Foxley-Johnson, Anti-Bullying Lead at SCC said ‘It was an empowering session giving our students the opportunity to share their views and opinions with our local member of Parliament. At Springwell , we believe in developing our students voice so they can have a valuable role in our society. The students thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and have taken many ideas from Toby which they intend to follow up on and share with the whole College.’

Toby said “If you don’t tell us, we don’t know and as young people at the moment don’t have a vote, their voices are often left out of political discussion.  I would encourage all young people to get involved raising the key issues are to you via twitter or Facebook using the #DoDemocracy or @parliament_week.  Democracy needs all of us at the table”.

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