A group of students from a Dewsbury high school swapped the classroom for the boardroom earlier this week as they headed to London to confront their MP’s about issues affecting young people.
As part of the ‘My Country, My Vote’ initiative, seven Year 9 students from Westborough High School were invited down to the House of Commons on Monday after succeeding in the regional contest.
Tasked with creating campaigns, related to the British Youth Council’s ‘Make Your Mark’ top five issues as voted by young people, Westborough’s ‘Get Up Get Fit’ team decided to challenge cuts to youth services.
The group campaigned tirelessly in the school alongside other teams, from December 2013 to April 2014, before a vote was held in-house to determine the winning campaign.
Get Up Get Fit were the winners of the final vote and as a result were awarded with a trip to the capital earlier this week.
The teenagers were invited to question a local Member of Parliament at the House of Commons, showing their campaign, in this instance, to Mike Wood – MP for Batley and Spen.
Gayna Goalby, extended schools co-ordinator at Westborough High School, says she was extremely proud to see the group succeed in their campaign and said they thoroughly deserved the recognition.
“The Get Up Get Fit team were really dedicated to their campaign and I really did want to see them win for all the effort they had put in,” she said.
“Cllr Darren O’Donovan (Dewsbury West) came in one day to support the teams with their campaigns and helped with tips and a Q and A session which was really good, and we had politics students from Huddersfield University also visit.
“The boys did really well and have even been invited to appear on a debate television show soon.”
The seven members of the Get Up Get Fit team were: Lohash Lusair- Latif, Husain Aurrangzeb, Hasan Kagzi, Usama Iqbal, Ameer Khan, Mujahid Mamaniat and Aman Raib.