Children from across Coventry will be given the chance to learn about the history of voting, democracy and registering to vote with a series of activities from Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July.
Students from Coventry schools and academies will be given the chance to get a view film screening and a Democra-tea tea party over the week, while learning about various aspects of democracy.
2018 marks a special year in voting history, as it makes 100 years since women achieved the right to vote, which will be celebrated with a film screening of the documentary, ‘Suffragette’. Students can also look forward to a Democra-tea, following in the footsteps of the Suffragettes by debating politics over tea with a panel of Councillors.
Students have already been given a taster of the week’s activities, with a special event on Tuesday 26 June in the Council House for Year 5 pupils from Pearl Hyde School, who were treated to an insight into the history of voting and democracy today. The students learnt about the importance of democracy and the role it can play in the city, highlighting that Pearl Hyde School was named after the first female Lord Mayor in Coventry.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor John Blundell, said: “2018 is a very important year as we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, when women over 30 won the right to vote. It’s important to mark this event and celebrate it, whilst engaging with the city’s youngsters, who will become the next generation of voters, to help recognise and show the importance of democracy.”
National Democracy Week will take place every year and is a week-long celebration of democracy in society, including events, talks and fun activities, as well as an opportunity to celebrate progress and champion future democratic participation.
Find out more information about National Democracy Week.