University students deliver a lesson in democracy

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Students at Lancaster University have been helping children to learn about democracy and citizenship as part of a special outreach project.

More than 700 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 19 local primary schools attended ‘Be the Change’ activities run by the Schools Outreach Team at Lancaster University Students’ Union.

The programme, aimed at inspiring and educating the next generation to engage with social democracy and become active citizens, was delivered by a team of 24 students who were able to use the week to develop their teaching skills.

Student Beth Kerfoot Roberts said: “Experiencing a full week of teaching was really fun. I particularly enjoyed working with a variety of pupils and schools. It was nice to see how different schools operate and work with a range of abilities across the scheme.”

Each school received an introductory workshop at their school before visiting campus to take part in a Social Action Day.

Morecambe Bay Primary School’s Rosie Hancock said: “The children greatly enjoyed the project. The students presenting were excellent – they were well organised and commanded the children’s attention well. Their enthusiasm shone through which motivated many of the children.”