Bringing Democracy to Life for South Tyneside Students

Posted by: Press team on 22 March 2022 08:54

Primary school pupils from across South Tyneside were thrown into the imaginary world of Staryland this week to find out more about leadership as part of Local Democracy Fortnight.

The 37 seven and eight-year-olds from primary schools across the Borough visited South Shields Town Hall to take part in an interactive story session to explore what makes a good leader and learn about the process of democracy.

In the Council Chamber, the children heard speeches from candidates and got the chance to cast their votes for a new leader of Staryland.

The Mayor, Councillor Pat Hay said: "These young people are the voters of tomorrow so it's vital that we engage with them and explain how democracy works.

"This was just one of a number of events organised as part of Local Democracy Fortnight to get more local people involved with their local community to make sure they know how to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives."

Staryland, managed by the Council's Participation and Engagement Team, is one of a number of events held to mark Local Democracy Fortnight. A digital inter-generational debate was also held which was hosted by members of the Young People's Parliament.

Councillor Adam Ellison, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "It is wonderful to see so many of our young people engaged in this way.

"We always try to make events as fun and creative as possible so that we can nurture an interest in local democracy from a young age. Our young people have shown great interest and enthusiasm in all the events and that bodes well for local democracy in South Tyneside."

Last modified: 29 March 2022 08:55