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Talk to young people about debating and voting on important global issues.

This activity contributes to the following badges:

Scouts World Challenge Award

Scouts Teamwork Challenge Award

This activity could also help towards:

Community Impact Staged Badge

Scouts Global Issues Activity Badge

Time: 60 minutes

Equipment: 

Instructions

1) 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.

3) Give each group the ‘17 Global Goals’ (find them here: scouts.org.uk/sustainabledevelopmentgoals). 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.

4) 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.

5) Explain what a secret ballot is and why it is used in elections, before handing out the ballot cards.

6) 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.

7) 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.

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