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Local Democracy Week is back

Published Friday, 07 October 2016

Local Democracy Week returns to the city next week, and Coventry City Council will once again be hosting a week of events and activities to give young people an insight into local democracy.

Local Democracy week

The activities organised by the Council are specifically aimed at children, younger people, students from colleges, and Coventry University.

The week kicks off on Monday 10 October, with students being given the chance to take part in a Virtual Council exercise, where students make choices on behalf of a virtual city. Students will choose where to invest, make cuts and where to prioritise spending, and will see the impact those decisions have on the city.

Various other activities throughout the week include a Democracy Day, where students will be able to take part in activities and games to demonstrate the importance of playing an active part in Democracy, plus a chance for primary school children to be Lord Mayor for a Day, a BBC style Question Time, a democracy challenge and a Year 12 School Debating Competition.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The week is going to be full of activities for young people around the city. Local Democracy Week is a fantastic opportunity to help young people more aware of politics and how democracy works.

“The event is extremely popular and I hope that the participants will hopefully understand more about the difficulties we, as Councillors face when we make decisions on behalf of Coventry.”

Local Democracy Week runs from October 10 to October 14, and events will be held in the Council House.

The Year 12 School Debating Competition will also be streamed live from 1pm-5pm on Friday on the Council website at www.coventry.gov.uk/webcast

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