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Children run Tower Hamlets Council for a week

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 October 2018

Students sat in the council chamber to get a taste of democratic decision making. Picture: LBTH

Students sat in the council chamber to get a taste of democratic decision making. Picture: LBTH

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Children have been put in charge of Tower Hamlets Council for a week.

Children dressed up as the mace bearer and speaker. Picture: LBTHChildren dressed up as the mace bearer and speaker. Picture: LBTH

Students from five primary schools across the borough visited the town hall to learn about the democratic process and take part in mock debates.

They were taught about the different levels of local government, and given the chance to dress up as the council speaker and mace bearer.

Debates included how best to allocate playground funding and whether women should have the vote.

Students came from Culloden Primary Academy, St Edmund Catholic Primary, Hermitage Primary, Stewart Headlam Primary and Bangabandhu Primary schools.

Councillor Ayas Miah, speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, with the students. Picture: LBTHCouncillor Ayas Miah, speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, with the students. Picture: LBTH

Mayor John Biggs said: “I was delighted to meet a very eager group of students from the borough at our council chamber. It’s wonderful to see children so engaged with what happens here at the council and why the community’s voice is so important.”

10-year-old Mellina Benmerabet said: “I really enjoyed looking at other people’s points of view and debating because it gave me a taste of how people would actually debate if it was a serious case.”

The visit was part of the EU's Local Democracy Week iniative, a bid to promote democratic participation. Picture: LBTHThe visit was part of the EU's Local Democracy Week iniative, a bid to promote democratic participation. Picture: LBTH

Children took part in mock debates about the proper allocation of playground funding. Picture: LBTHChildren took part in mock debates about the proper allocation of playground funding. Picture: LBTH

Children dressed up as the mace bearer and speaker. Picture: LBTHChildren dressed up as the mace bearer and speaker. Picture: LBTH

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