Children and Young People regional summit
The Scottish Cabinet joined the Children and Young People Regional Summit in Inverness this week (Mon 23 March) at the Ironworks venue on Academy Street. This is the first of a number of such events, envisaged across the country.
Around 100 young people from schools across the north, including from Highland Council, spent the day talking about issues that were important to them in their education and daily lives.
In particular they talked about participation, health and wellbeing and raising attainment in schools.
Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning spoke to the young people attending, about developments with the curriculum and about planning for a future career, before hosting a question and answer session.
Then the full Scottish Cabinet including the First Minster, Nicola Sturgeon joined the event and sat down at tables with the young people to discuss the issues they had raised during the day - before going on to a Cabinet meeting held at the venue.
Highland Council’s Director of Care and Learning, Bill Alexander said: “This was an excellent exercise in participation, democracy and citizenship. The opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers, and then with Scotland’s top national politicians, will have been a tremendous experience for our young people. I am confident they will take this back to their schools and communities, and it can only enhance the work being done as part of their curriculum.”
Photos of the event can be viewed on the Scottish Government Flickr site.
The event was supported by Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland