Use your vote - UK Parliament Week

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UK Parliament Week takes place from 12-18 November, and is a great time to talk to your young people about debating and voting on important global issues. 

It may feel like ages away, but you can already sign up here to receive free posters, badges and activity ideas to help mark the week with your young people.

Take a look at our activity idea below, which will help your young people work towards a number of badges, including the Scouts World Challenge Award, the Scouts Teamwork Challenge Award, the Explorers Global Issues Activity Badge, the Community Impact Staged Badge, and the Scouts Global Issues Activity Badge. 

Time required: 60 minutes 

Equipment required: Paper and pens, and one of these ballot cards for each young person

Instructions: 

  • Explain to the group that UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people with Parliament and empowers them to get involved. Organisations across the UK run events and activities that explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.
  • Next, split your young people up into small groups. Tell them there is £1m available that needs to be spent on a global issue. They are the ones with power to decide which one.
  • Give each group the ’17 Global Goals’. The UK has committed to delivering these goals, along with 193 other countries. They should discuss what they think the goals mean and how different goals could affect countries/people differently.
  • Each group should pick the goal that they think should be given the £1m of funding. Run a short debate, allowing each group to explain why their chosen goal should receive the money.
  • Explain what a secret ballot is and why it is used in elections, before handing out the ballot cards.
  • Allow each young person to have one vote using their ballot card. They should do this away from other people and they should not put anything on the card that might identify them, such as their name, so that they remain anonymous. 
  • Count the ballots and share the results. Discuss as a group that we have the right to vote in the UK if we are over 18 and that in some countries this isn’t the case.

Take it further 

Now you have the results to the democratic vote, think about what your group can do to take action on that issue.

If you want to download this activity as a PDF, you can do so here.

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