This is a message from Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, who hosted a recent “a RIGHT Blether” national Glow Meet at Campie Primary School.
With November rapidly approaching, it’s almost time for the RIGHT blether vote, when children and young people from across Scotland have the chance to tell me what they think are the most important issues that I should work on to improve their lives.
Can you run a RIGHT blether voting centre?
One of the most important parts of the consultation is making sure that as many children and young people as possible are able to cast their votes in November. You can help make this possible by setting up a RIGHT blether voting centre in your school, youth club, or other organisation. Your voting centre can be open for a day, a week or for the whole month of November. You can also help children and young people vote online.
It’s really easy to be a voting centre and we will help you by sending you a support pack with ballot boxes, voting cards, posters and other materials to make it a fantastic event - have a look at the Voting Centre Guidelines at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/How_to_run_a_RIGHT_blether_Voting_Centre.pdf
and instructions on how to vote and count the results at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/How_to_vote_and_count_the_results.pdf
November 20th 2010 is the 21st Birthday of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). To mark this special birthday I am asking you to host a special UNCRC celebration event or party. We have party packs and ideas to send you – and it might be great to do a voting session and celebration event at the same time.
Let us know!
If you’re going to run a voting centre and/or UNCRC birthday party, let us know by downloading and filling in the form at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/Voting_centre%20and_party_registration_form.doc (click on this link and then select “Save” in the pop-up window)
and returning it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, 85 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU.
Once we have your details we’ll send everything you need to run a voting centre or your party pack to help you celebrate the UNCRC birthday.
Please return your completed form by Wednesday 20th October.
Thanks again for all your support of a RIGHT blether – I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of voting sessions and parties across the country. Please do pass this information on to anyone else you think would be interested in getting involved.
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People
This is the video Jenna refers to in the comment below. If you’re not sure what a RIGHT Blether is about it’s a great introduction.
Thanks are due to the RIGHT Blether team for permission to embed this video on any edubuzz.org site. Why not embed it on your site? Right click on the video, choose “Copy video URL” and paste it on a line of its own in your post.