We need to help politics be relevant and accessible to all ages. A basic understanding of our political system is the first block in building this. If we start by introducing this an early age, it’s importance will be more embedded.
Change ‘Citizenship’ lessons to ‘How to Change the World’ classes. Educate about structural politics through problem solving. This would be an interesting challenge and would encourage young people to navigate their way through councils, Parliament or the European Parliament.
Use an issue which young people are more likely to connect with and be passionate about, the environment, animal rights, poverty, homelessness, women’s rights. They can find an injustice within the issue and then work out how they would solve that issue. It would take them through various organisations – charities or councils, the law or campaign group and of course alternative political tools.
It could just give young people a window into how politics can make a real difference and we might learn a few lessons along the way too.