Inquiry into curriculum and C&YP's awareness of Parliament

Inquiry into curriculum and C&YP's awareness of Parliament

The Parliament should hold an inquiry into the relationship between the aims of the current curriculum and the Parliament to explore systematic changes that can be made throughout schools and in communities to improve children and young people's knowledge and awareness of Parliament - and deliberative democracy - including through mentorships, internships and competitions. Our vision is that by the Parliament’s 25th anniversary there should be a clear plan in place so that by the Parliament’s 30th anniversary, all young people of voting age have clear understanding and knowledge about engaging with Parliament and Government and all see engaging with Parliament as a normal aspect of everyday life.

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As part of a wider education programme to encourage active citizenry. This is not just about encouraging younger people to take part, but also educating current participants (eg community councillors, local charity trustees) how to ensure that people who show willingness to engage are engaged. Such participation must yield results (outcomes, making a difference) and for this local groups - especially community councils - need resourcing and power.

Children are the future, and need to understand how their voices can be hard. Schools would be an effective place to do this.

I believe that children should be taught about the different political systems, from primary school. There should be yearly assemblies with local decision-makers to show pupils what it’s like to be in office, potentially inspiring young people to run. Pupils could also be given lessons on how to ask effective questions, based on their age and ability. By doing this, it starts interest young and could improve turnout.

This is really important. The Electoral Commission have produced some excellent resources that could be built on and embedded within the school and youth work learning opportunities that exist throughout Scotland.

Should education providers have a duty to ensure education about local and national democracy (including the SP) is delivered in a range of settings, including schools, community learning and further / higher education settings.

I don't think an inquiry is needed. Children and young people just need to be taught about the Scottish parliament in school.

Building more awareness of parliament and public engagement with it is crucial and schools are important to this. This could be connected with the work on human and children's rights (e.g. rights respecting schools initiatives)

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