41 schools have today (Tuesday 26th January 2016) been awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council in recognition of their commitment to a democracy curriculum and raising awareness of democracy.
Youth Parliament launches campaign to tackle ‘racism and religious discrimination’ with day of action.
UK Youth Parliament has commenced their year-long campaign to tackle racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim and Jewish. ‘Don’t Hate, Educate!’ aims to ‘help young people speak out’ about racism and religious discrimination.
On Wednesday 20th January 2016, Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society announced the Government’s commitment to continued funding for the British Youth Council to support its Youth Voice initiative including the UK Youth Parliament until 2020.
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition are disappointed to see the Government have blocked the Lords proposal to include 16 and 17 year olds a vote in the "In Out" EU Referendum due to be taken in 2017. The block comes after a sustained campaign calling on the Government to follow the precedent set by the Scottish Referendum which saw record levels of voting from young people.
A new Award for schools that encourage pupils to take an interest in the democratic process is to today (Monday 23rd November) going to 19 schools who have been encouraging pupils to have their say in society - both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.