Schoolchildren learn lessons for life

Students from 17 schools across the London Borough of Merton have taken part in a training day to help them meet the challenges of life. Merton’s Junior Citizenship event, held last week, gave participants an insight into the workings of society and armed them with some handy hints to take forward in life.

Between Monday and Friday, 780 Year Six schoolchildren gathered at the Baital Futuh Mosque Community Hall in Morden to attend the event, coordinated by Merton’s Road Safety Education Team.

Several organisations worked in partnership to put the borough’s school children through life-like scenarios and workshops. Participants included Neighbourhood and Metropolitan Police Teams, St John’s Ambulance, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London, Youth Awareness Programme, Trading Standards and Road Safety.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Traffic Management, says: “It’s important that children are aware of the ways in which different institutions work in society. This event demonstrates Merton Council’s commitment to providing young people with the necessary tools to make them conscious citizens from an early age.”