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The Big Youth Debate: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
Wed 26 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Join us on the evening of 26th April at a debate hosted by iDebate and MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Tulip Siddiq to listen to the voice of London's youth debate two key issues.
Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
Should the mandatory education participation age be raised to 21?
Our engaging debates will bring youth voices from iDebates World Debate Clubs to Westminster to debate issues that are of direct relevance to them. Would they as 16 or 17 year olds want to have the responsibility to vote? As students in Colleges do they believe they are being sufficiently prepared for the world of work in the 21st Century?
The #idebate4all Disenfranchised Voices Youth Debate is a program organised by iDebate (International Debate Education Association) for F.E College students and youth across the UK who would not otherwise have access to debate education. This event provides young people from a wide variety of backgrounds a chance to voice their opinions on issues that affect them and society more broadly. Young people will be discussing pressing issues that directly affects ttheir futures.
Two big issues will be debated:
“Should the voting age be lowered to 16?”
The government makes many decisions that affect young people from 16-18 with Brexit and the increase in tuition fees being two recent examples. But are young people from 16 ready to join the democratic process? This debate will enable our young participants to tell us how they would use the vote and whether it would make a difference to them.
“Should the mandatory education participation age be raised to 21?”
This debate asks whether it young people should be forced to remain a student to the age of 21 either by going to university or through an advanced apprentiship programme. Through this debate, we want to listen first-hand to the sentiments of the young people who would be affected by such a change on whether they are confident to start owning more responsibilities at an earlier age or perhaps the changes in the society ought them to invest more time acquiring education to better equip them in entering the real world.
Young people debating these issues been coached by iDebate via it's World Debate Club education programme for schools and colleges. The World Debate Club programme is supported by corproate volunteers and university students volunteers who coach at weekly debate clubs.
What to expect when going to the Parliament for the event?
Entry to the event is through the Cromwell Green visitors enterance. We reccomend you arrive early for the event - no later than 17:30. Once through security we meet in Westminster Hall and will lead everyone to the Atlee Suite at 17:45.
*If late you can enter through the Portcullis House entrance (postcode SW1A 2LW)
Please ensure you bring photographic ID. (passport, driving license, NUS Card) which maybe checked upon arrival.
Airport style searches are in place at the Houses of Parliament. Please leave plenty of time to pass through security. You should expect this to take at least 15 minutes. At busy times, which are unpredictable, the delay will be longer. Please ensure you present your tickets for #idebate4all on your arrival.
The following items are not permitted on the parliamentary estate and will have to be voluntarily surrendered at the entrance:
- Sharp items e.g. knives (including Swiss army knives) scissors, cutlery and screwdrivers
- Paint spray
- Padlocks, chains and climbing gear
- Items that make a noise (e.g. whistles)
- Banners, placards and flags
- Liquids that are not in sealable containers
If you require sharp items for medical reasons, please seek advice from a member of the security team as soon as you arrive.
You may also be subject to secondary searches once inside the parliamentary estate. When you are ready to leave the parliamentary estate you will be able to retrieve any surrendered items from the entrance at which you were screened.
Need to get in touch with the organisers?
Please kindly contact Bien King through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any enquiries.