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Friday, October 23, 2015

Schools enjoy taking part in mock meetings for Local Democracy Week

Local school children enjoyed taking part in mock meetings of the Council to learn more about how West Lancashire Borough Council operates.

The events were planned as part of annual Local Democracy Week, which aims to raise young people’s awareness of local government and the important role played by Councils.

This year’s main theme was ‘Living together in multicultural societies; respect, dialogue, interaction.’

The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Nikki Hennessy, welcomed groups of young people into the Council Chamber for a debate and a mock voting exercise. Members of the Council were also in attendance.

Pupils from Hillside Primary School came in the morning and children from Lathom High School attended in the afternoon.

The schools appointed a ‘chief officer’ to help run the mock meetings alongside the Mayor. Paris took on the ‘chief officer’ role for Hillside Primary School, and James took this post for Lathom High School.

The remaining pupils from both schools acted as “councillors” to give the children a taste of the debating and decision-making process in the Council Chamber.

After discussing each topic the children undertook a mock voting exercise.

Councillor Hennessy said: "I was very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the children who really enjoyed their visit. I am very proud of the democratic system in our country, and events like this help to teach our young people about the democratic process so they can get involved when they are adults."

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