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CHILDREN from secondary schools in Salisbury made their voices heard as part of local democracy week.
Students from Sarum Academy, St Edmund’s, Stonehenge, St Joseph’s, Trafalgar and South Wilts schools took part in the event at the Guildhall on Friday to give Salisbury’s youth a voice.
It was organised by Sarum Academy and South Wilts and it is hoped it will become a biannual event, with one held during local democracy week and one in the summer.
This first event was for information gathering and in the morning the eight pupils from each school took part in workshops headed by MP John Glen, mayor of Salisbury and Councillor Richard Clewer, who is Wiltshire Council’s portfolio holder for youth and skills. The students talked about what areas they would like to see improved, such as public transport, and trying to come up with solutions.
In the afternoon the schools were split into two groups for a debate on whether Britain is broken where they looked at things such as underage drinking and the riots earlier this year compared with how young people helped clear up afterwards and community projects.