Youngsters plan how to run the country… if they were PM

Youngsters plan how to run the country... if they were PM

If David Cameron is ever stuck for ideas on how to improve the country he can take notes from a group of London pupils who created their own political manifestos.

The students, aged between 6 and 18, from Tower Hamlets presented their ideas as part of a video competition organised by education charity Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

Video comp youngest winner Tahiyah with Rupert Atkins

Video comp youngest winner Tahiyah with Rupert Atkins

Pupils recorded a one-to-two minute video describing what they would do if they were in the Prime Minister’s shoes and supported this with a short written manifesto.

There were some common themes — poverty, homelessness, the NHS and education – with one candidate actively promoting an increase for teachers’ salaries.

The youngest winner was seven-year-old Tahiyah Saara Ahmed (pictured), a pupil from Osmani School, Whitechapel, who wanted to guarantee everybody had jobs and would “make a big money-making machine so poor people can have money”.

Amy Mat, 17, from George Green’s School, Isle of Dogs, said she would “ensure that all school-children from the age of seven are provided with instrumental lessons” as “many transferable skills are required for it”. She went on to explain how learning a musical instrument involves “many of the employability skills that employers seek”.

Woolmore Primary School teacher Richard Thompson said: “The competition was great. It created a spark of interest in the election and its results, and we’ve been able to have a lot of productive discussions about democracy and politics etc. I’ve been really impressed at how the children have become engaged as a result.”

Prizes including Amazon Fire HD6 Tablets and £30 vouchers were awarded to the winners and £25 shopping vouchers for runners up.

Click here to view some of the winning entries.

Main pic: Winners and organisers of the competition