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Black History Month and Local Democracy Week

Children Vote to Have a Voice at Town Hall

Ten primary schools brought their school councillors to the Town Hall, Mulberry Place during European Local Democracy Week on Tuesday 11th October. The theme was human rights at the local level. The event was organised by HEC Global Learning Centre in partnership with the Young Mayor and the Youth Participation Team.

The council debating chamber and committee room hummed with children talking about their issues, thinking how powerful their voices are, and learning about politics, Barack Obama, and interviewing the Deputy Cultural Attaché to the US Embassy, Sharlina Hussain-Morgan.

The teachers were all sent a powerpoint of the day, for their students to create presentations, along with teaching resources, and news of a new project called ‘Costing the Earth’.

This is the fourth year the event has been organised. Video clips from children interviewing guests in the Council Chamber can be found on our website:

You can also find the views of children from thirty Tower Hamlets primary schools about their local issues at: www.eastendtalking.org.uk/schoolCouncils/primary-conferences

Why not use our website and get your children to contribute what they think, or what they are doing in their school council and locally.

Sharlina, Deputy Cultural Attache US Embassy talking to the school councillors.

Primary school councillors voting in the Council Chamber to have a say in local government.






Examples of work with students from previous years.

Barack Obama and American Politics: Children Interview American Embassy Vice Consul
See the results of the children acting as TV journalists interviewing Mary Thompson, the vice-consul from the American Embassy

Barack Obama - A Role Model for Democratic Action
Click here to watch video clips and explore active global citizenship through the life and speeches of Barack Obama

Part of a resource that explores Barack Obama as a role model for active global citizenship looking at his life and speeches. This looks at the importance of the constitution. 
Click here to view Barack Obama resource constitutions.pdf

How does London Government Work?
Click here to see the children interview with John Biggs from London Assembly Member

Tower Hamlets School Council Declaration for Democracy
An example of a certificate for primary school councils to discuss and sign in support of them taking part in local democracy. These were displayed on the wall of the Town Hall.

Click here to view the Nelson Mandela declaration.pdf