Students celebrate #internationaldayofthegirl by voting in Young Mayor election

Sydenham High students celebrated International Day of the Girl on 11 October in a number of ways, using this year’s #girlstakeover theme.

Following taking the lead in the morning’s assembly Senior School students were out in force throughout the day to vote in the Young Mayor of Lewisham 2018 election. Year 11 student Sally Prifti was very aware of the significance of her vote:

“After listening to the seven candidates last week in assembly, we had the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and have an impact on the future of our Borough by giving our opinion and having a voice.

“It was only about a century ago that women had no right to vote at all in this county so we should feel privileged to have the chance at Sydenham High School to exercise our right to vote, knowing that so many women across the world still do not have this fundamental right.”

 

"This was a great experience considering we voted on #internationaldayofthe girl because it shows how far we, as women, have come."

— Sally Prifti, year 11

Lewisham has the longest established Young Mayor’s programme nationally.  It was started in 2004 by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham and it is influential in encouraging other councils to provide this opportunity for young people.

The Young Mayor is democratically elected every year through Lewisham’s schools and colleges and provides a focus and a channel for young people’s views to be heard by decision makers during their one year term. The Young Mayor is supported by young advisers and a Young Citizens’ Panel and they have access to the full range of young people’s forums, networks and school councils.

Junior school pupils also let their voices be heard by organising and taking part in Speakers’ Corner events in the playground and a delegation from the Junior Debating Club addressing prospective parents at the school’s Open Morning.