Scottish Minister and MSYP visit Levenmouth Academy
Scottish Government Minister Maree Todd MSP visited Levenmouth High School to hear pupils' views as part of a "Rights Road Trip "
Levenmouth Academy hosted the newly appointed Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP recently.
Miss Todd was joined by a team of young people and staff from The Scottish Youth Parliament as part of their Rights Road Trip initiative.
She met with approximately 30 young people, from Columba 1400 Donaldson’s Leadership Programme, the Pupil Senior Leadership Team and the Pupil Council, to have talk about young people’s rights. These discussions will form part of the Governmental report on the development of education.
Headteacher Ronnie Ross said: “It is fantastic that the Minister and the representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament chose to come to Levenmouth Academy to talk with our young people. It is important that those who are responsible for leading our country listen to the voice of young people and the group certainly demonstrated their commitment to this.
"I want to thank them for their time and for listening. We want our school to be at the forefront of this work. I want to sincerely thank the young people who met with our visitors for their excellent and insightful contributions to the discussion.”
Depute Headteacher Forbes Maginnis said that “the event was extremely positive and Miss Todd, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) and our young people found it extremely enjoyable.
" Our young people were privileged to be part of this process. They also really valued the chance to be integral to the ‘Year of the Young Person’ event that has been organised by our partners at the Scottish Youth Parliament. Back in 2001 at the Fife SYP launch, the SYP had a ‘vision’ for MSPs and MSYPs to work in a more collaborative way; joinging the youth voice, youth politics and national decision making processes. This event was a realisation of that vision, and one we are exceedingly proud to have hosted here in Levenmouth."
Some pupil comments:
- Michael Taylor - “It was a constructive meeting in which pupils were able to make useful suggestions toward future government policy, and discuss ideas surrounding their rights and leadership roles”,
- Amy Hepburn - “It went really well. I think they really heard all that we had to say and that hopefully it will benefit the future of the education system, and young people across the country”