Teenagers Enjoy Role Swap

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), October 18, 2006 | Go to article overview

Teenagers Enjoy Role Swap


Byline: By Moira Sharkey South Wales Echo

Politicians went back to school and youngsters took up office in councils in a series of events to mark Local Democracy Week.

Teenagers were given the chance to grill politicians in a special question time event in Cardiff and others shadowed the executive members of the council in events aimed at promoting democracy, highlighting the importance of voting as well as learning just how much the decisions councillors make impacts our lives.

Leader of Bridgend council Cheryl Green was spending today at Pencoed Comprehensive, shadowing pupils in lessons and joining them for lunch to answer questions.

Young people from Cardiff's Youth Forum were given a glimpse into the day to day lives of local politicians, having spent time with members of Cardiff council's executive.

Youth forum member, 18-year-old Jack Baker spent time shadowing Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Sport, Councillor Nigel Howells.

Jack said: 'I asked him about his thoughts on consulting young people and listening to our views. All in all, I had an excellent time and I hope in the future more shadowing opportunities will come along. I think it empowers young people to voice their opinions and to get a basic understanding of what councillors do in their day to day lives.

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