Pupils visit Epping Forest District Council for a Youth Engagement Day

On Friday 9th October 2015, four Anglo European pupils visited Epping Forest District Council Youth Engagement Day as part of the Local Democracy Week activities.  Although Anglo European is not in the Epping district, many pupils travel from there to attend the school.  Anglo 6th Form pupil and Epping Forest District Youth Council member Jaymey McIvor, along with the other Youth Council members were heavily involved in the running of the day.  In attendance were councillors from the District Council and Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest, joined the debate in the afternoon and contributed her thoughts.

The morning involved workshops on debating skills, gearing up for the big debate in the afternoon.  The afternoon debate, with the local MP present, was to debate a motion relating to the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European Union.  Anglo pupils were debating against the motion to remain in the EU despite some having opinions different to those they were representing.  The debate was televised live over the internet.  After a very balanced and thought provoking debate, all attendees were invited to vote on the motion.  The result; 75% voted for the motion for the UK to remain in the EU with 25% against.  Eleanor Laing MP gave her reaction to the vote that she would use this to inform the debates that she will be involved with in Parliament.  She also congratulated pupils on a fair an informed debate.

Teddy Valentine, one of the Anglo representatives on the day said, “the day positively encouraged youth to be involved in the democratic system” and that it “allowed pupils to demonstrate opinions and decite”.  Nick Hills, accompanying the pupils remarked, “it was really encouraging to see pupils so engaged in complicated matters that will have a major effect on their lives.  Pupils remarked afterwards how the day encouraged them to take part in democracy and get involved in the ways possible, including standing for election in a youth council or youth parliament”. 

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