Stephen Clarke, Sixth form co-ordinator at New-Bridge Integrated College, says that politics, campaigns and elections are of great interest to young voters… if only the politicians would recognise it.
Having taught in New-Bridge Integrated College for more than ten years I would say that, in my experience, young people are interested and engaged in political issues and processes. As 6th Form Co-ordinator I teach lively, alert students who are ambitious over a range of fields. Many are already voters and others are about to become voters. Their voices should be heard and their opinions taken into account. We have been fortunate enough this year to have had visits to our College by the Minister for Education, Mr John O’ Dowd and the Minister for Justice, Mr David Ford where they have debated with our students and given them a chance to voice their opinions. Unfortunately, invaluable opportunities such as this do not occur often enough in our schools. (more…)