@TheStates, the educational guide to how the States of Guernsey works, has been updated for another year.
The educational initiative was launched by the Ana Leaf Foundation in 2011. It targets students and their teachers who are interested in finding out about Guernsey’s system of government, its history and how to vote.
It includes information on how laws are made in Guernsey, what a Deputy does, how to become a Deputy, who can vote, island-wide voting, the history and evolution of the States of Guernsey and information about the Youth Forum. There is also a glossary with lots of key terms.
A video has been created to inspire young people to get involved in politics. The video features a year 6 student being given a tour of the States Chamber by Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez. Deputy de Sausmarez explains how the States of Guernsey is run and how young people can make a difference.
An online quiz has also been created this year to test students’ knowledge of the States of Guernsey. There are two quizzes, one for primary schools, and a more advanced one for secondary schools. Each quiz features 15 questions, with varied information about laws, becoming a Deputy, the States’ history and voting.
Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, who is passionate about involving young people in politics, said: “The @TheStates initiative is a great learning tool for students to develop their understanding of the States system and how it all works. Encouraging them to get involved in politics, no matter their age, will help them to engage with and articulate what matters to them, use their voice to make a difference and use their right to vote (from 16 onwards) to shape their future.
“I am proud to be a part of this initiative, and to help students learn more about our island’s political system.”
Hayley de Putron, a trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation, said: “@TheStates is designed to help educate our young people on how the States is run and to inspire them to take an interest in their island’s political system. Some of our young people will one day put themselves forward to be a Deputy and learning about the governmental system from a younger age will enhance their understanding and hopefully result in more islanders running to become a Deputy in the future.”
For more information, visit the @TheStates website
Pictured: Deputy Lindsay de Sausamarez giving Sophia, a year 6 student, a tour of the States Chamber.