When we turn 18, we are eligible to vote. We are privileged to be able to vote in a democratic society and be able to decide who leads our country. A lot of youths turn a blind eye towards politics, thinking that politics are either too complicated or it doesn’t affect them. In Australia, it is compulsory to vote. But what does voting actually mean? Do all youths know what they’re voting for? What does each party stand for? Do all youths even know how to vote?
How does your school tackle this problem? Do YOU know who you’re voting for? Do you know how to vote?
We need more education about our political system and how it works and what the parties stand for. Without bias.
I definitely feel that there is a lack of political education in schools overall. In my school we’ve had a Civics and Citizenships Course at the end of Year 9, which goes for approximately one week. It was really insightful and taught us about political systems, parliaments and preferential voting. We need to see more of this in schools!
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