Youth Engagement in Democracy
16 October 2015
Eamon Clarke, Edmund Rice College; Anna McKibbin, Antrim Grammar; Adam Moore, Ballyclare High School; Ben Gray, Belfast High School; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg; Michal Novota, International Guest Speaker; Gemma Ferris, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Around 60 young people from five schools across the Borough took part in a Youth Engagement in Democracy event this week, organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to promote European Local Democracy Week. The event aimed to raise awareness of the work of local authorities, promote citizen participation and highlight the importance of building united and democratic societies.
Pupils spent the day with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, and other Council Members.
The Mayor commented;
“This interactive event has been a fantastic way for students to engage with our Council members and get a flavour for the work we do. It has also been a great opportunity for Councillors to find out about the pressing issues that concern the young people living in our Borough. Let’s hope that today may have helped encourage some of them to become involved in our local government.”
The event also welcomed Michal Novota, who was formerly the youngest Councillor in Bratislava City Council in Slovakia, as guest speaker.