As part of local democracy week, 13 to 19 October, Kent’s county councillors are offering to visit schools and talk to children about local politics.
They will be on hand to hear children’s views about their local area, help them understand the decision making process and explain how they can get involved, even at such a young age. It will give youngsters the chance to get to know their local representative on the county council and find out how democracy affects all aspects of their lives.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education, Roger Gough, said: “Understanding politics can be a challenge, even for adults, so making the most of local democracy week to help children get a better grasp of it is a fantastic idea. Having seen young people in Scotland on TV in the last few weeks expressing their views on their future, has really brought home to me how vital it is we do what we can to help children understand what democracy is.
“I would encourage all schools to take advantage of this offer from their local county councillor. Each year, throughout Europe, hundreds of councils and thousands of schools get involved with Local Democracy Week.”