Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all our pupils will get the chance to take part in voting for the Scottish Youth Parliament.
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. Being part of SYP gives young people the opportunity to represent the views of other young people in their area, and advocate for the issues that matter to them. Two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are elected from every Parliamentary constituency in Scotland, as well as two members from various partnering national voluntary organisations. Young people aged 14-25 who either live, work, or study in Scotland are eligible to stand for election, and young people aged 12-25 who live in Scotland are all eligible to vote for their preferred candidate.
The SYP elections will be taking place nationally from 3rd – 17th March and we want to ensure that as many young people as possible exercise their right to vote in these elections. For many young people this will be their first opportunity to participate in the democratic process – although pupils in our S4, S5 and S6 were involved in Mock Elections a few years ago. These elections are a great chance for young people to begin to understand the process of voting.
Nicola Mayers from Aberdeen City Council, along with a team of helpers, will be in school next Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday morning to conduct assemblies about the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Pupils will get a chance to vote after the assemblies next week – there will also be a catch up voting session on Wednesday lunchtime.
More information below.