Jan 24 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
THE leader of Harrow Council is backing a campaign to engage more young people in politics.
On Wednesday last week, councillor Thaya Idaikkadar met with Matteo Bergamini, director of student newspaper, Shout Out UK, and founder of the #Pol4Schools campaign which the councillor is backing.
The campaign calls for government and politics to be introduced as a National Curriculum subject, teaching students how new laws are introduced, how democracy is different in other countries and how to become directly involved in British politics.
Mr Idaikkadar invited Matteo to meet him after the Brunel University student, who is studying politics and history, wrote him a letter outlining his aims.
Matteo said: “Politics is part of everyone’s life. If you’re interested or not, it doesn’t matter, you should know how your country is run, your rights and how you could change what you don’t like.”
During the meeting, the councillor gave an insight into the structure of Harrow Council and tips on how to get involved in local politics.
He also told Matteo about the council’s efforts to engage more young people, including supporting Harrow Youth Parliament, which represents the views of youngsters from the borough on a national platform and which has a monthly column in the Observer.
Mr Idaikkadar said: “It is hugely important that we look after our young people and encourage them to have their say.”