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Jan 21 2013

Council leader meets student politics campaigner

great_leaderThe leader of Harrow Council Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar is backing a campaign to engage more young people in politics. Cllr Idaikkadar met with Matteo Bergamini, director of student newspaper Shout Out UK and founder of the #Pol4Schools campaign, on Wednesday.

The campaign calls for Government and Politics to be introduced as a National Curriculum subject, teaching every student how the government works, how new laws are introduced, how democracy is different in other countries and how to become directly involved in British politics.

Cllr Idaikkadar invited Matteo to meet him after the Brunel University student, who is studying Politics and History, wrote him a letter outlining his aims. During the meeting, Cllr Idaikkadar gave an insight into the structure of Harrow Council and tips on how to get involved in local politics. He also told Matteo about the Council’s efforts to engage more young people, including our support for Harrow Youth Parliament, who represent the views of youngsters from the borough on a national platform.

Cllr Idaikkadar said: “It is hugely important that we look after our young people and encourage them to have their say. Harrow Council supports anything that gives young people a stronger voice in the community. For example, we recently supported Harrow Youth Parliament when they held a very successful Youth Summit, which brought together young people from across the borough to discuss how they could engage more with the Council. It was very interesting to meet Matteo and hear his passion for this topic. Hopefully we can continue to work together and support him to achieve his campaign goal.”

Matteo Bergamini said Cllr Idaikkadar’s support and enthusiasm for the campaign was “amazing”. He added: “Politics is part of everyone’s life, saying “I don’t find it interesting” won’t make you immune to the government’s laws. Politics is not football, if you’re interested or not, it doesn’t matter, you should know how your country is run, your rights and how you could change what you don’t like.”

Matteo now plans to write to all Harrow Councillors asking them to support his campaign. A joint letter -signed by Matteo and Cllr Idaikkadar – will also be sent to the borough’s schools.

Source: Harrow Council

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