Mayor to present local primary school with Local Democracy prizes

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be meeting children and teachers from local primary schools on Wednesday (11 November) to present prizes and certificates.

The schools took part in an activity linked with European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), a Council of Europe initiative to encourage future generations of electors. The theme for this year’s ELDW is ‘Living Together in Multicultural Societies: respect, dialogue, interaction’.

Primary schools including Hampton Vale, Old Fletton, St Botolph’s, Gunthorpe, Southfields, St Augustine’s, Highlees, Longthorpe and Fulbridge Academy asked their school councils to organise an event promoting respect, dialogue and interaction for young people.

The schools were asked to submit a description of their event as a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, web page or storyboard. Typical events included sporting activities, music, art, workshops or cultural events to celebrate social participation and cohesion.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will review these entries and chose a favourite which they feel have best captured the ELDW themes.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Safer Peterborough Partnership, and other council partners will also be in attendance for this event.

Secondary schools also took part in ELDW. Students were encouraged to write and present a short report to a mock scrutiny panel of councillors and the city council's chief executive, Gillian Beasley. The report was to celebrate activities already carried out by schools to promote community cohesion, and recommend new ones.

Schools will be asked to present their entry to a mock scrutiny meeting on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at the Town Hall, when a winner will be chosen. Teams will also meet the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on the evening. 

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