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Maisie elected to represent Swansea at UK Youth Parliament

A pupil from Pontarddulais Comprehensive School will represent Swansea during the coming year at the UK Youth Parliament.

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Maisie Davies was elected on a manifesto to campaign for better diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses for young people, a change in compulsory subjects to make them more suitable, adapting the PE curriculum to reflect what sports pupils really want to play, and reserving a number of suitable job placements for under 18s.

The UK Youth Parliament vote is just one of many ways Swansea Council ensures young people in the city are listened to.

The council was the first local authority in the UK to put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything it does.

The UK Youth Parliament has around 600 elected members between the ages of 11 and 18 and meets regularly to hold debates, including an annual debate in the chamber of the House of Commons.

Five secondary schools in Swansea nominated candidates for the Youth Parliament and all schools were asked to invite their pupils to vote.

Maisie, a 14-year-old pupil at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, was elected while Harry Roberts from Olchfa School has been elected as Deputy MYP.

Maisie said: "I'm delighted to be elected and would like to thank all the pupils who took the time to vote and supported me. I would like to be able to use every piece of feedback I get, incorporating it into shaping the journey to an ultimate outcome.

"I want to revolutionise school for the better. I plan to develop the support system to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. I would also like to make students more aware of issues that are brushed under the carpet when they are some of the most important things young people need help with.

"I will try to change the compulsory subjects to make them more suitable and adapt the current PE curriculum to cater to what students really want to take part in."

Among the many initiatives Swansea Council uses to engage with young people is The Big Conversation. Every year more than 3,000 children and young people take the opportunity to have their say on services in Swansea and the future of the city through a range of activities from surveys to forums and other meeting opportunities.

This year, as part of the budget consultation, it saw them persuade the council's cabinet to reduce a proposed increase to the price of school meals. Youngsters were also asked for their views on what they felt were the most important events staged in Swansea.

There is also the city-wide Pupil Voice Forum that allows pupils from both primary and secondary schools to speak directly to those who run education in the city and raise issues that are important to them.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Life Long Learning at Swansea Council, said: "I would like to congratulate Maisie on her election and thank all the candidates who stood for election. All children and young people in Swansea should know that their voices are important and that we will listen to what they have to say."


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