Parliament Week goes to school

Michal Siewniak

On Friday, 18th November, to mark Parliament Week (a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy and processes), Year 12 and 13 students from the Onslow St Audrey's Secondary School and Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School had the opportunity to listen to several presentations about the Houses of Parliament and the importance of being 'civically active' and 'politically minded'.

One of the speakers was Michal Siewniak, former Lib Dem district cllr and a founder of the Welwyn Hatfield Polish Forum.

Michal said: 'The aim of the event, attended by more than 40 students, was to increase civic participation within young people and help them to learn something new about democracy and the way it affects us all. The Parliament Week helps to intensify the dialogue between institutions and their young citizens. Our joint project enhanced the youth's sense of belonging to the local and wider community. The whole event was great, educational, inspiring, informative and so important! I really hope that we will be able to build on this success and I am sure that similar opportunities will be organised in the future'.

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