Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (yes, I know that’s a mouthful) states that:
States Parties ensure that the child is able to form his own opinion
the right to freely express these opinions on all matters concerning the child, the views of the child
with due regard to the age and maturity of the child.
To this end, the child must in particular be given the opportunity to be heard in all judicial and administrative proceedings concerning him, either directly or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner compatible with the procedural rules of national law.
The mechanism by which the Borough of Kingston and Richmond is implementing this crucial article is to organize an election for a youth council. This Youth Council is elected for 2 years by mandate, and candidates who live or go to school in these districts are eligible to stand.
Although the candidates have been selected and they are in the process of drafting their manifestos, if you weren’t involved initially, support your local candidate and you can be their campaign manager in the school! Ultimately, the work that the Youth Council does is about the well-being of all of us, and examples include:
- Richmond Youth Well-Being Survey (2019)
- Richmond Youth Climate Change Survey and Youth Climate Change Summit (2019)
- Kingston Youth Supply Survey (2019)
- Kingston Youth Climate Change Survey (2019)
- Visit to various youth clubs and schools
- Make Your Mark (2018)
- Mi Voice Online Survey (2018)
So please watch the elections in the schools and youth centers of the arrondissements in March 2022 and support the candidate who you think will best represent your voice. Thanks for reading!
PS I’m running, so please check out my manifesto when March rolls around!