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Active citizenship

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An active citizenship is someone who makes a difference by benefiting our environment and helping people locally, nationally and globally. Hornsey School for Girls provides its students with many opportunities to participate as an active citizen. Some examples of these activities are peer mentoring, mock elections, prefects and school council. I took part in the mock elections which were held earlier this year. This activity relates to active citizenship because voting is something that changes many things in our surroundings and it's very important because it helps us gain new skills and knowledge. Every person's opinion has to be expressed and considered. This is why I wanted to contribute towards the mock elections. Elections are something really important for our community and future but many people do no realize it. By giving your vote you also take part in active citizenship because voting is a responsible and mature activity which builds up our country's future. However Hornsey students are still under age to vote, but mock elections prepare us for the future and help us to understand that each vote counts. ...read more.

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I helped student understand the importance of choosing this party and what the part wants to achieve(what its aims are).I have realized how hard and stressful the whole process was to the candidates and this is why I helped them to write their speeches and gain more confidence by supporting them in their campaign. The other people in the campaign contributed to the activity by many other ways such as: informing people about our party's aims and manifesto, writing speeches, supporting our candidate, make presentations about the party and what it intends to do to benefit our school environment and by helping designing good quality posters and badges so people are informed and show their support through badges they wear by making us more confident in our mission. Students became more interested in politics and they have understood the how big is the responsibility their vote carries. The activity helped all of us to influence decisions and views in our school and to realize that every vote is essential in an election and it is important to vote. ...read more.

Conclusion

I have really enjoyed contributing in this activity and I will participate again next year. The things I have learned are useful and will help me the next time. In future I would take more important and challenging role in the campaign, I may even try to be one of the candidates. I have learned so many things such as how to be supportive and how to co-operate and work in a team. The activity enriched my knowledge and now I have basic politic understanding that will be useful later on in my life, I have also became more confident and learn how to defeat my viewpoint by debating and arguing which is always useful in life because we all have to make sure our opinions are heard and considered because this is a respectful human right. This experience of active citizenship has been of great value for me and my future because I will continue to participate in activities such as mock elections and try to be more active citizenship in a future. ?? ?? ?? ?? Veselina Yordanova 10D ...read more.

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