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The Convention in your Classroom

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Deputy Aodhan Ó Riordáin

In this post Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tells us about his Classroom Convention project.

This week I launched my Convention in The Classroom initiative. The purpose of this project is for me to travel around the schools in my constituency meeting with pupils to discuss the upcoming Constitutional Convention. My hope is that my visit will begin a conversation with pupils about the issues being discussed at the upcoming convention which they will continue online on the Facebook page that I have setup for this purpose and by using the twitter hash tag #classconv.

One thing that has always annoyed me is how our young people are sometimes portrayed in the media. Occasionally there is a lazy analysis that young people are lazy and apathetic. From my own experience I believe this to be inaccurate and unfair. In my previous life I worked as a Principal for several years in a school in Sheriff Street where I found that when you actually engaged with children they were significantly more aware of the world around them than some commentators seemed to suggest.

I was a little bit disappointed to hear that there would be no one under the age of 18 years of age participating in the convention as I think that their views about our future are as valid as mine or any other adults.

What I hope to do is host an event in the New Year with a representative sample from all the local schools, inviting members of the Convention to attend also and hear the views of these young people. I hope that those who follow this project will recognise how engaged many of our young people are and perhaps begin to challenge the often lazy analysis that young people have no interest in what is going on around them.

by Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Check out the Facebook group and the conversation on Twitter. You can follow Deputy Ó Riordáin on Twitter from here and Labour from here.

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