Jo recently spoke to the children of Auchinairn Primary School about the voting process ahead of their own elections.
During their morning assembly Jo spoke about how voting affects people’s daily lives, and how important it is to make children’s voices heard, ahead of the pupils’ election project which is part of the Scotland-wide consultation event, “A Right Blether”.
The ‘blether’ provides children with an opportunity to vote on the issues that affect their lives, and influence the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie, on how to make life better for children and young people. The exercise will give the pupils a taste of the democratic process, and in order to enhance the experience East Dunbartonshire Council have agreed to provide ballot boxes for the day.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I am delighted that pupils at Auchinairn Primary School are participating in the vote and making their voices heard, so it was great to open up the discussion about why politics makes a difference.
“Children may not be able to vote in the General Election, but this doesn’t mean their opinions and experiences of life here in East Dunbartonshire should not be taken into consideration. I hope Auchinairn Primary use this fantastic opportunity to tell the Commissioner what really matters to them.”
Notes to Editors
1. The RIGHT blether vote is being organised by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People, and is taking place throughout November, online and at voting centres around Scotland. It gives children the chance to tell the Commissioner what aspects of their lives need to be made better. They will be given a list of important things in four different areas, chosen by children working with the Children’s Parliament and by young people working on the Scottish Youth Parliament’s manifesto. For more information, see: http://www.arightblether.co.uk/