A campaign launched in May by a Hastings politics graduate to inspire more people to vote has been visiting local schools to encourge youngsters to make their voices heard.
James Bacon, a politics graduate from The University of Bristol, set up the Don’t Count Yourself Out campaign during this year’s election period and the it is aimed at getting more young people, aged 13 to 30, living in 1066 Country involved in politics.
The campaign has been working with local schools and this month James visited Helenswood Academy and Christ Church CoE Primary School to facilitate poltical debate.
James said: “Having worked in a local primary school, it is clear to me that children are more astute than we give them credit for, as well as not being afraid to hold opinions.
“I saw this as a perfect opportunity to branch out and give young people a platform where they can vocalise and focus their views in a more structured arena. Inspired by a visit to the ARK Helenswood Academy Debate Club, we decided to launch a more informal version at Christ Church CoE Primary School, allowing children to blossom in confidence, practice their public speaking and articulate their arguments clearly and concisely.”
“Our first week was a major success – the children got stuck into some fantastic debates, ranging from the salaries of football players through to animal rights.
“I was thoroughly impressed with their maturity and their natural enthusiasm to use their voice for the purposes of debate. I am confident that we have some future MPs in the making!
These children are our future leaders, workers, diplomats, teachers and politicians. If we provide them with that voice now, society will continue to reap the benefits by allowing our democracy to flourish for the future generations. We shouldn’t be afraid to empower our youth; we must promote it!”
In the last general election only 44 percent of 18 to 24 year olds voted and according to an article in Daily Mirror only 54 percent of those eligible to vote in Central St Leonards are registered to vote.
For more information about the campaign visit https://www.facebook.com/DontCountYourselfOut.