Brexit and Trump spark new wave of political teaching

Schools across the UK are taking advantage of a new wave of teaching after two political shocks rocked the world last year.

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump of the United States of America are just two of the astonishing political events that shocked people across the world in 2016, leaving many people feeling misinformed or confused. 

In a bid to clear the muddy waters of politics, independent youth news network Shout Out UK is rolling out a series of educational programmes to encourage a new generation to engage in politics through a number of informative courses. 

The political literacy courses, certified by AQA, began in London but have grown in popularity and are now seeing schools up and down the country signing up to the programme. 

Matteo Bergamini, founder of Shout Out UK, is delighted to see the scheme become such a success and believes  all schools should be teaching politics.

He said: “Currently, we assume that once we hit 18 years of age we suddenly become enlightened with all the political knowledge one needs to vote and engage. Of course, this not the case, it needs to be taught and understood in school as a compulsory subject. We treat English and maths in very high regard, however, the one subject that allows us to be who we want to be, gives us a voice and creates a society we wish to live in, we give no time to in schools.”

“The issue is that political literacy would give us, the next generation, a clear understanding of what politics is, how our society works and why voting is relevant and important. You can’t get an entire generation mobilised without first giving them the instruments to understand the system they are supposed to be influencing.”

Schools across the country have welcomed the idea and believe the programme has equipped young people with some valuable skills. 

One teacher said: “In a world of great political upheaval in which previous conventions have been swept away and nothing can be taken for granted, it is all the more vital that young people have a voice and know how to use it. They are bombarded by opinions but need to know how to sort the facts from mere bluster. This course has helped them to understand the institutions which make up our democracy and how the checks and balances work. 

“They have got to grips with some of the burning issues of the day and have put their arguments forward in a coherent and convincing way. Those taking part have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course has left them with a hunger to learn more.”

For more information visit http://www.shoutoutuk.org

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