Carrickfergus pupils to have their say on politics

Carrick Grammar School pupils Sophie Bell, Erin McAllister and Sam Brodison attended the launch of the Youth Parliament's 'Make your Mark' consultation exercise in Stormont. INCT 38-708-CON
Carrick Grammar School pupils Sophie Bell, Erin McAllister and Sam Brodison attended the launch of the Youth Parliament's 'Make your Mark' consultation exercise in Stormont. INCT 38-708-CON

Carrickfergus Grammar School is supporting an initiative to encourage young people to become more active in the democratic process.

Pupils Sophie Bell, Erin McAllister and Sam Brodison attended the launch of the Youth Parliament’s ‘Make your Mark’ consultation exercise in Stormont.

The Youth Parliament actively encourages young people to get involved in politics and to have their voices heard.

A Carrick Grammar statement explained: “Every pupil in the school will get the opportunity to contribute to the decision on what the Youth Parliament will campaign on; so to ensure our pupils’ voices are heard, the Government and Politics department will be running a vote, asking pupils about the issues which matter to them.

“The results from our school ballot will then be sent to the Youth Parliament, whose members, including Sophie Bell of year 14, Member of the Youth Parliament for East Antrim, will be debating the key issues chosen by young people.”

The Youth Parliament will be meeting in the House of Commons chamber in November.

Coincidentally, the Grammar trio were visiting Stormont on the very day the local political institutions looked to be on the brink of collapse.