Oaklands students have their say at council Youth Takeover
A group of students studying Government and Politics at Oaklands College made their voices heard on local issues when they joined in the debate at the recent Youth Takeover Event at St Albans City and District Council.
A group of students studying Government and Politics at Oaklands College made their voices heard on local issues when they joined in the debate at the recent ‘Youth Takeover Event’ at St Albans City and District Council.
The political enthusiasts stepped into St Albans City and District Council Chamber joining teams from neighbouring schools and colleges for the takeover event, geared at engaging young people into the local government landscape and to have their say on local issues. The day was just one of many events organised by St Albans City and District Council in celebration of Local Democracy Week, a national initiative taking place from 10th-16th October.
The weeks included further events such as a session with District Councillors on ‘Women in Politics’ and also ‘Word on The Street’ – a session specifically geared towards young people raising the issues that matter to them. The ‘Meet the Mayor’ Competition, geared more at the younger participants from primary and secondary schools invited pupils to produce a picture of what they would do as Mayor, with the winner awarded the chance to have tea with the Mayor herself.
Government and Politics lecturer at Oaklands James Duckworth said: “Youth Takeover Day is a great way to spark the interest of young people in local government, and we are all thankful to the council and the Major of St Albans City and District for opening their doors and dedicating their precious time to our students.
“Watching our students get stuck into