Shout Out UK is bringing together some of the youngest political minds in the UK to discuss youth participation and political education.
An event, organised by Shout Out UK and hosted by Bob Blackman MP, gathered young people in Parliament to call on Political Education in Schools on the 14th October 2015.
The event, chaired by Channel 4 News Presenter Fatima Manji, discussed why the panel members’ got into politics and what Parliament and society at large can do to get more young people interested and involved in politics considering the low youth turn out at elections and the low general engagement with parliament.
The event opened with comments from Bob Blackman MP and Matteo Bergamini of Shout Out UK. By 6:30pm the event’s hashtag (#PoliticsInSchool) was trending on twitter.
Campaign Page: http://www.shoutoutuk.org/politics-in-school
Bob Blackman MP, Conservatives
Alexandra Paterson, Leader of Conservative Future
Kirsty Blackman MP, SNP
Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve
Connor Hill MYP, Dudley
Some of the comments made by the speakers:
“We’ve got to have accessible politicians.”
– Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve
“It’s vital we understand what’s going on in our political system.”
– Connor Hill Member of the Youth Parliament for Dudley
“The fact a 20 year old got into #Parliament should make people think ‘I can do that”
-Kirsty Blackman, Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North
“To have an engaged population, you need to tell them how politics works.”
-Matteo Bergamini, Director, Shout Out UK
“‘If you want to get involved in Politics, get involved while your young’”
-Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East
Shout Out UK
Shout Out UK is an independent news network that, via journalism, film and events, aims to show young people that politics has a direct impact on everything you do in life, with the aim of lowering political apathy among the next generation.
Since our launch in July 2012, we have become one of Britain’s fastest growing alternative and independent news platforms, bolstering one of the largest network of young political, cultural and creative writers from all over the globe.
The Universal Peace Federation
Through forums, seminars, conferences, service programs, and interfaith peace initiatives, the Universal Peace Federation builds a global network of peacebuilders to contribute to a world of sustainable peace in which everyone can live in freedom, harmony, cooperation, and prosperity.
The Crick Centre
The aim of the Crick Centre is to study and promote the public understanding of politics (broadly defined) in a manner that cultivates debate and encourages engaged citizenship around the world.
It therefore seeks to close the gap that has arguably emerged not just between politicians and the public but also between academe and society more broadly.