June 20, 2008

Children in Role Play for Debate

PUPILS from a Sutton Coldfield primary school took a giant step towards learning about democracy when they took part in a mock debate at the Council House in Lichfield.

Year 6 children from Little Aston Primary School, which sits just inside the Staffordshire boundary with Birmingham, were invited to learn about the services the council provides and also join in a debate in the council chamber.

Coun Joseph Powell, vice-chairman of Lichfield District Council, and Coun Colin Ablitt, introduced the pupils to the District Council House during their visit.

The talk took place in the historic setting of the chamber where district council meetings regularly take place. Pupils embraced their roles as honorary councillors to argue for and against issues such as recycling, school uniforms and changing the voting age. They then took a vote on the issues.

Jane Webster, deputy head teacher of Little Aston Primary School, said: "The visit was great fun. The pupils enjoyed the opportunity to visit the council and take part a mock debate.

"I would like to say a big thank-you to Lichfield District Council for inviting us along."

Coun Powell said: "It is important for young people to be aware that they live in democracy and how their local council works, as they will be the voters, councillors and possibly the politicians of the future."

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