Thursday 13th June 2024 at 4 – 5.30pm

Does Democracy Really Matter?

The Sir David Amess UK Children’s Parliament Session is supported by Wakelet, Microsoft365 and The Express.

This year is a huge election year around the world, with almost half the global population, 4 Billion people, going to the polls to vote in national elections.

With so much focus on democracy, we’ll be debating whether democracy really matters and why it’s important.

We’ll start by defining what democracy actually is – a system where the people can vote to elect their leaders and have a say in how their country is run. But is just having elections enough to call a country a true democracy?

Children’s Parliament Speaker of the House and Headmaster of Saint Pierre School, Peter Spencer-Lane, will be running the session. His special guest will be Rob Gould, Filmmaker who has worked for M&C Saatchi, and is an expert on Democracy.

4:00pm on Thursday 13th June for 90 minutes

Freedom of Speech

In a democracy, citizens should be free to speak their minds and criticize their government without fear. Is this freedom being upheld where you live? How important is it?

Free & Fair Elections

For elections to be democratic, they need to be free from interference and fraud, with all eligible citizens having equal access to vote. How can we ensure elections are really free and fair?

Protection of Rights

A democratic society should protect basic human rights like freedom of religion, equal rights for women, and freedom of the press. Are all people’s rights being respected in your community?

Checks on Power

In a healthy democracy, there are checks and balances to prevent any one person or group from having too much control. We’ll look at whether there are adequate checks on power where we live.

Rule of Law

Nobody should be above the law in a true democracy, not even elected leaders. Do our laws apply equally to everyone? How can we strengthen rule of law?

Get your thinking caps on!

Posted: 1st May 2024