Are you a student who wants to have a say in the decisions that affect your school life? Do you have ideas and opinions that you wish you could share? Did you know that Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child says that these are your rights?
Integrated Schools, and the Integrated Education movement in general, strongly believe that young people should be heard. This is why our schools work hard to create lots of opportunities for you to participate in school life and school decisions.
A student council is a group of students who have been elected by the rest of the student body. Their job is to represent the wants and needs of their fellow students and share problems and concerns with school leaders.
Every Integrated School has a student council. Becoming a member of the student council is a terrific way to:
- make new friends;
- learn about citizenship and accountability;
- experience democracy in action;
- develop leadership skills; and
- help make your school a better place for you and your friends.
If you’d like to find out more about school councils, check out this Democra Schools guidance.
Integrated Education is also passionate about creating opportunities for young people from minority groups to speak up, be heard and get involved in school life. To help schools do this well, we at NICIE work with partners to create special programmes. Recent projects include the Think Say Do – Be an Active Citizen project and the Welcoming Newcomer Pupils project.