BRIGHT youngsters won a lesson in democracy at a South Tyneside school.
The council chambers came to the classroom as Harton Technology College, in South Shields, hosted a roadshow organised by South Tyneside Council’s democratic services team.
Over 270 Year 7 students took part in the event, becoming committee members for the day and electing their own chairman and committee clerks, before taking part in votes and debating on a host of issues.
Guests at the Lisle Road school included South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Eileen Leask, Deputy Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson and Coun Olive Punchion, along with representatives from NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, South Tyneside Homes, Bede’s World, Northumbria Police, South Tyneside Young People’s Parliament and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Young people and invited guests took part in a Democracy Carousel, where they were challenged to try to find out as much as they could about current events in the borough before asking questions of each other.
Coun Eileen Leask, the Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “The young people from Harton Technology College were very enthusiastic and motivated during the special democracy event. They were clever and thoughtful with their approach and responses to the themes being discussed.”
The event was delivered with the support of Coun Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, under the Democratic Renewal element of his Cabinet portfolio.
Coun Kerr said: “The event was a good learning experience for the students but also gave us an important insight into the viewpoints of young people.”