FIVE councillors from Craigavon Borough Council and 10 schools from Craigavon have once again signed up for the interactive web-based game "I'm a Councillor Get Me out of Here".
As part of Craigavon’s contribution to Local Democracy Week, a cross party delegation from the council are putting their individual manifestos and their ability to interact with young people to the test.
On a specially designed website, young people from no less than 10 local secondary, grammar, junior highs schools who have signed up for the Game, question Councillors on topical issues on a specially created website www.bigvote.org.uk
Each day the young people practice their democratic power by voting for the councillor they like the most, evicting those with the least votes. The councillor who remains at the end of the week is deemed the “Youth Champion”.
“Last year was a great success with Craigavon scoring nationally very highly,” said Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Robert Smith. “It’s a great way to get young people involved in discussions which concern them and it covers citizenship requirements within the National Curriculum for school. I’m delighted that Craigavon is taking part and look forward to hearing more about both the young peoples experiences and of course members”.
Those members taking part to date are;- Councillor David Jones IND; Councillor Johnny McGibbon SF; Councillor Kieran Corr IND, Councillor Philip Weir DUP and Councillor Mark Russell.
Schools taking part to date include Killicomaine Junior High, Portadown College, Clounagh JHS, Craigavon Senior High Portadown Campus, Drumcree College, Lismore Comprehensive, Lurgan Junior High, St. Paul’s Junior High, St. Michael’s Grammar and The Cabin Club Drumcree Community Trust.