Mike Russell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, has announced a Children’s Summit which will aim to bring together young people to discuss the future of their communities.
The Scottish Government writes:
Communities up and down the country have a role to play in truly making Scotland ‘the best place to grow up’.
Speaking at Education Scotland’s two-day Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC in Glasgow, Education Secretary Michael Russell announced that a Children and Young People’s Summit is to be held, to build on the ‘reaffirmed desire of millions of Scots to participate in democracy’.
Mr Russell said: ‘…we have to move forward involving the whole of Scotland in decision making, including decisions that will improve life for children and young people in our own communities and beyond. To help that process on, today I’m announcing a Children’s Summit for Scotland. Bringing together children, young people, those who support them and wider civic society, this gathering will, I hope, be the beginning of a process that will see a Children and Young People’s Conversation take place around the country – harnessing the renewed interest in positive, energising, consented improvement that we’ve seen over the last two years.’
‘The Scottish Government will convene the summit but the participants will determine the most effective way to involve interested citizens at grassroots level in improving services for children and young people. Ultimately the Children and Young People’s Conversation will inform Ministers and drive improvement in community services for children and young people.’
Scottish government press release