Vote@16

Political education is definitely the right way of getting people to vote but there also needs to be education on how they actually vote. Educated young people on who currently represents them, educate young people on how to register to vote. Its ok to ask young people whether they would like to vote but there needs to be the same empowerment there is for adults to be involved in politics for young people of all ages not just 16/17.

I also think that if you look at education within schools, this needs to be education on how to decide on who to vote for not necessarily party politics and who believes in what but education how to research parties, how to find out what they believe in so that it’s in their own time and there isn’t not bias when being taught within school.

I am currently in college, so I don’t have any directed education on politics within my education. I am educated on politics and citizenship due to my own curiosity and I think you will find that a lot of young people have done that especially due to massive changes at the moment that is all of media. I have been educated on politics and citizenship through Pembrokeshire Youth Services.

I have not been told who to support but I have had opportunities to meet and work with local and national decision makers to talk about work for young people, to make an awareness that young people really do care about the decisions that affect them and young people are very keen to have the right to vote.

This education can be taught during PSE lessons, definitely. It makes sense that if we are allocating this lessons for life skills then they definitely need to know how to vote and register (for the older year groups).

Active youth services are also very good for encouraging young people to have and access their right to a say and are key in encouraging young people to be positive and active citizens. For people who do not receive their education in a traditional school setting I would suggest to use current trends for young people.

Social media is a huge and brilliant way to educate people and encourage people to vote whether that be young people and adults! Obviously you have the risk of political parties etc, that promote the manifesto's on social media but I think 16 + year olds are mature enough to decide whether they like something or they don’t think the possible challenges of education young people would be teachers personal stereotypes and views.

Teachers that may be allocated to teach this type of education may have their own personal views on whether young people should vote or not and what political party they believe they should vote for.

Challenges may be that when we do get to vote that some if some decisions don’t go a particular way for some older people then the blame may be placed on young people.

There may also be this attitude that if there is a low turnout of young people voting in elections what was the point of actually allowing the vote but I think people need to be reminded of how similar these scenarios are for other age groups and also how important it is that young people even have that opportunity.

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It is really importnat that young people have the right to vote and that the opinion of politicians are corrent for the WHOLE  community not just the older community.

by BethanyRoberts194 on March 26, 2019 at 09:42AM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ March 31, 2019 at 19:19

    Thanks very much for taking the time to share you views with us @BethanyRoberts194 - do you have a view on what themes or topics should be covered as part of political and citizenship education?
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