Youth Politics

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Youth Politics

By Safiya & Raqiya

Introduction

Following the media’s focus on the general election in deciding the next leader of the country, we have decided to introduce this hot topic to our students and surrounding community. We hope our project will highlight the significance of politics and generate discussion within our school.

What do Park View pupils think of politics?

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Why aren’t pupils interested in politics?

They…

· feel like they’re not listened to

· think politics is boring and uninspiring

· don’t think politics directly affects them

· don’t want stand out to their peers for being involved in politics

· lack knowledge so don’t know how to get involved

· see that politics doesn’t focus on young people

· find politics too complicated to understand, so are ignorant to world events

How does politics affect the lives of young people?

Politics has a huge impact on our daily lives from small-unnoticed matters to huge unsolved problems and concerns that we have. We might not be all involved in politics but politics is hugely involved in our day-to-day lives, from what we eat, buy or wear to what we dream of and it has a huge influence on our education.

Daily Life

Different parties (political groups) have different manifestos (goals) that introduce new changes to our system, such as; changing prices, creating larger parks and spaces and looking after our well-being and safety.

Long-Term

Politics affects the changes made to our educational system, which, in turn, heavily affects our future.

Advantages of political involvement

· Our voices are powerful so speaking up would make the politician’s listen.

· Youth understands youth the best. Many problems we face are not understood or acknowledged by adults of older generations, so we may be the only ones who can solve our problems.

· It will enhance individual’s development of skills, self-esteem and capabilities.

· It will aid political insight on youth’s opinions and concerns

· We need to collaborate with the wider community to achieve better outcomes for our society.

How can young people get involved in politics?

· Make politics a part of the national curriculum

· Lower the voting age to 16 years old

· Have debates about politics in school, which will in turn boost confidence

· Educate pupils about politics in schools to encourage them to develop opinions

· Being open-minded