On 21 January 2021, the Naz Legacy Foundation held a virtual UK Parliament Diversity Day with over 200 students from five schools. Students received an ‘Introduction to Parliament’ workshop led by the UK Parliament Education Team. Students spoke about freedom of speech, our rights, power and equality as being essential components of our democracy.
They also got the chance to speak to their local MP about issues that mattered to them. We were lucky to be joined by Stella Creasy (MP for Walthamstow) and Wes Streeting (MP for Ilford North and Shadow Minister for Schools). Here are some of the students’ great ideas about improvements that could be made to our society:
· Schools to provide healthy food to students so we can reduce the sick people in hospitals to save the NHS money
· It should be easier for jobless people to get a job easily
· The legal age of voting should be 16
· University fees should be cheaper for people who can’t afford it
· Homeless people should be taken into mind more
· Better ways of learning & change in education system
We look forward to delivering more sessions virtually to students this term and providing more outlets for young people to make their voices heard.