In February, the Assembly Commission introduced a new draft law called the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill. One of the aims of the Bill is to lower the minimum voting age of National Assembly elections to 16. Currently, only people aged 18 and over are able to vote in Assembly elections, however if the voting age is lowered, it has been suggested that this should be accompanied by political and citizenship education.
The National Assembly for Wales’ Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee is currently looking at whether this new Welsh law is needed.
This is where we would love to hear what you think!
We have set up an online message board where you can share your views, ideas and experiences, and comment on the views of others. This will help the Committee decide whether the Bill should become an Act – a new Welsh law. When sharing your views, it would be great if you could consider the following:-
- Are you currently taught about politics and citizenship? Is there room for improvement? If not, what should be taught and how can it be taught effectively?
- How can people who do not receive their education in a traditional school setting, (for example, through a Pupil Referral Unit or home schooling) be taught about politics and citizenship and be encouraged to use their vote?
- What do you think are the challenges around being taught political and citizenship education?
Your voice is important. Make it heard. Join the discussion and share your views and ideas with us here: https://senedd.dialogue-app.com/have-your-say-on-political-and-citizenship-education-dywedwch-eich-dweud-am-addysg-wleidyddol-a-dinasyddiaeth
Please share your views and ideas by Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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