en-de  Press release - 1,000 young people to be trained as Democracy Ambassadors Hard
Tausend DemokratiebotschafterInnen, im Alter zwischen 13 und 16 Jahren, sollen überall im Vereinigten Königreich gewonnen werden. Das Projekt ist gestartet worden, um von früh an Engagement für die Demokratie anzuregen. Die BotschafterInnen werden das demokratische System des Vereinigten Königreichs kennenlernen und die Teilhabe ihrer Gleichaltrigen fördern.

Published 5 July 2018; Last updated 13 August 2018 - From: Cabinet Office and Chloe Smith MP Today during National Democracy Week, the Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith, will be unveiling a new programme aimed at inspiring school-age young people in full time education to engage with democracy from an earlier stage.

Das Democracy Ambassador Projekt ist angestoßen worden, um ein Ungleichgewicht bezüglich demokratischen Engagements zwischen Mitgliedern der jüngeren und älteren Generation des Vereinigten Königreichs anzugehen.

Research revealed by the most recent Hansard Society Audit of Political Engagement indicates that 18 to 34 year olds are much less likely to feel confident in their knowledge of politics than those who are 35 and above.

Only 39% of 18-24 year olds and 35% of 25-34 year olds claim to know at least a ‘fair amount’ on the subject.

The Democracy Ambassadors programme, will see 1,000 13-16 year olds recruited across the UK to inform their peers about our country’s democratic processes and promote participation. It is intended to increase school-age young people’s confidence on the subject, ahead of reaching voting age at 18. People can apply to register to vote at 16, with registration a first, vital step on the path to full democratic engagement. Das Programm wird Aktivitäten, die auf die gleiche Altersgruppe abzielen und in Schulen vermittelt werden, ergänzen.

The scheme will be delivered in partnership with Young Citizens and target those who are less likely to be registered to vote when able, including those from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds. It is being announced as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act this week, which gave women equal voting rights.

Ambassadors training will include: educating them on how democracy works in England at both a national and local level equipping them with the skills to share this knowledge further a challenge to reach out to 100 of their peers and encourage participation in democracy Young Citizens hosted a pilot session for Democracy Ambassadors yesterday to trial key components of the training scheme with a host of 13-16 year olds. Feedback will prove vital in making sure that the final programme meets the needs of the target audience when it’s rolled out across England later this year.

Die Ministerin für die Verfassung, Chloe Smith, sagte: Bei der Nationalen Woche der Demokratie geht es darum, die Menschen zu inspirieren, zu ermutigen und in die Demokratie einzubinden. Vor allem Schüler haben mir gesagt, dass sie Informationen und Fertigkeiten wollen, um ihre Stimmen abgeben zu können, wenn sie erwachsen sind.

Das Programm der Demokratiebotschafter wurde für diese Altersgruppe, da sie sich dem Wahlalter nähert, entwickelt, um ein Legat engagierter zukünftiger Bürger aufzubauen.

Der CEO von Young Citizens, Tom Franklin, sagte: Young Citizens hat fast dreißig Jahre lang die Wichtigkeit demokratischer Teilhabe junger Menschen vertreten. Junge Menschen sind der Politik gegenüber nicht desinteressiert, sie brauchen nur die Gelegenheit und die Ermutigung, sich zu engagieren.

Wir hoffen, dass durch die Demokratiebotschafter einige unserer jüngsten Bürger die Funktionsweise, wie unsere Demokratie funktioniert, besser verstehen und ihren Altersgenossen das Vertrauen geben können, sich vor Ort über die Themen zu informieren und zu engagieren, für die sie sich leidenschaftlich interessieren.
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1,000 Democracy Ambassadors aged 13-16 are to be recruited across the UK. The scheme has been launched to inspire engagement in democracy from an earlier age. Ambassadors will learn about the UK’s democratic system and promote participation amongst their peers.

Published 5 July 2018; Last updated 13 August 2018 - From: Cabinet Office and Chloe Smith MP

Today during National Democracy Week, the Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith, will be unveiling a new programme aimed at inspiring school-age young people in full time education to engage with democracy from an earlier stage.

The Democracy Ambassador’s scheme has been launched to tackle an imbalance in democratic engagement between the UK’s older and younger generations.

Research revealed by the most recent Hansard Society Audit of Political Engagement indicates that 18 to 34 year olds are much less likely to feel confident in their knowledge of politics than those who are 35 and above.

Only 39% of 18-24 year olds and 35% of 25-34 year olds claim to know at least a ‘fair amount’ on the subject.

The Democracy Ambassadors programme, will see 1,000 13-16 year olds recruited across the UK to inform their peers about our country’s democratic processes and promote participation. It is intended to increase school-age young people’s confidence on the subject, ahead of reaching voting age at 18. People can apply to register to vote at 16, with registration a first, vital step on the path to full democratic engagement. The programme will complement activity aimed at the same age group delivered in schools.

The scheme will be delivered in partnership with Young Citizens and target those who are less likely to be registered to vote when able, including those from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds. It is being announced as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act this week, which gave women equal voting rights.

Ambassadors training will include:

educating them on how democracy works in England at both a national and local level

equipping them with the skills to share this knowledge further

a challenge to reach out to 100 of their peers and encourage participation in democracy

Young Citizens hosted a pilot session for Democracy Ambassadors yesterday to trial key components of the training scheme with a host of 13-16 year olds. Feedback will prove vital in making sure that the final programme meets the needs of the target audience when it’s rolled out across England later this year.

Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith said:

National Democracy Week is about inspiring, empowering and engaging people in democracy. School students in particular have told me they want the information and skills to be able to cast their votes when they become adults.

The Democracy Ambassadors scheme has been designed for this age-group as they head towards voting age, to build a legacy of engaged future citizens.

CEO of Young Citizens, Tom Franklin, said:

For nearly thirty years Young Citizens has been championing the importance of young people’s democratic participation. Young people are not apathetic to politics, they just need to be given opportunities and encouragement to get involved.

Through Democracy Ambassadors we hope some of our youngest citizens can boost their understanding of how our democracy works and give their peers the confidence to get informed and involved locally on the issues they feel passionately about.