Young people practice democracy in Lincoln

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Schools across Lincoln will campaign for a made-up political party and develop ideas for the community among a week of democracy-themed activities.

The City of Lincoln Council has invited young people from across the city to celebrate European Local Democracy Week from October 13 to 19.

Schools will use lesson plans covering the following topics:

  • How local democracy works in Lincoln
  • Debating skills
  • Understanding democracy

Over the last year, the city council has been engaging with young people in local schools by encouraging communication between local councillors and sixth form pupils through member-student panels.

The city council’s Civic Office also runs a year-long programme which aims to build strong links between local government, local communities and young people.

This includes regular visits to local schools by the Mayor of Lincoln and the Civic Party, as well as competitions for pupils.

Cllr Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the city council, said: “Young people are our citizens and voters of the future.

“It is vital we do everything we can to interest young people in the importance of the democratic process so they can play their full part when the opportunity comes.”

Becky Scott, Legal and Democratic Services Manager, highlighted the city council’s efforts to support Local Democracy Week.

She added: “Local democracy plays a crucial part in everyone’s lives. Understanding local democracy and engaging with it is key to having successful and efficient public services.

“The city council is proud of its role in building the understanding of local democracy and we welcome the role of European Local Democracy Week in highlighting this.”

For more information about European Local Democracy Week or increasing democratic engagement among young people call Democratic Services on 01522 873533 or email [email protected]