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Pupils get lesson in democracy at Braid

Elected members and officers from Ballymena Borough Council with pupils from the schools who attended the event at the Braid.

Elected members and officers from Ballymena Borough Council with pupils from the schools who attended the event at the Braid.

Ballymena Borough Council opened its chambers last week to over 90 Year 11 pupils from schools across the borough.

Pupils who attended Thursday’s event in the Town Hall met the Mayor, Councillors and Council officers.

Three information sessions were held, including a Councillor Q&A, a tour of the facilities and a presentation by senior staff from the Council on the role of the local authority.

Organised in conjunction with Ballymena Learning Together and Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership, the event aimed at encouraging young people to engage with the democratic process and develop their interest in Council’s work.

The event was initiated by Cllr Billy Henry and received financial support from OFMDFM through Council’s Good Relations Unit.

He said: “I am excited this very worthwhile project has reached the stage where the young people of our Borough can see and hear first-hand what the role of the Council and indeed the councillor is. This is a really good opportunity for youth to get involved and find out how they can have a voice in local politics,”

Plans are now in the pipeline for a mock Council meeting and further opportunities to engage with the borough’s young people.

Mayor of Ballymena, Cllr Audrey Wales, said: “We hope today’s programme will stir a real interest in Council for you – our future leaders and that you will see this as a very genuine effort on Council’s behalf to engage with our youth.”

 

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