Democracy at work

DEBATE Youngsters from Mayville High, St John's College and St Edmund's Catholic School take part in a debate
DEBATE Youngsters from Mayville High, St John's College and St Edmund's Catholic School take part in a debate
Children at at Newtown C of E Primary School in Gosport dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters          (171220-10)

Children dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters

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SCHOOLCHILDREN from Portsmouth had a taste of local democracy when they debated and voted on topical issues at a mock council meeting.

The group of 13-year-olds who are taking part in the Lord Mayor Cllr Cheryl Buggy’s Passport to Success scheme made a welcome break from usual proceedings at Portsmouth City’s council chambers.

Boys and girls from St Edmund’s Catholic School, St John’s College and Mayville High, came up with bright ideas on a range of subjects such as school discipline, job opportunities and volunteering work.

Cllr Buggy said: ‘They were so well behaved and listened carefully to all the arguments. They did their schools proud.’

Passport to Success, which involves 10 per cent of all 13-year-olds in the city, organises activities to increase opportunities for youngsters and raise their aspirations, such as meeting high-fliers and collaborating on projects with local businesses.