Children learn vital life skills

Children from 21 primary schools in Merton are taking part in a training week (9 – 13 March) to help them face the challenges of life.
Merton’s Junior Citizenship event is being held this week at the Baital Futuh Mosque Community Hall in Morden to give youngsters an insight into the workings of society and arm them with life skills to prepare them for adulthood.
Between Monday and Friday, over 900 Year Six schoolchildren will gather in the Mosque to attend the event, coordinated by Merton’s Road Safety Education Team.
Several organisations are working in partnership to put the school children through life-like scenarios and workshops. Participants include Neighbourhood and Metropolitan Police Teams, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London, Youth Awareness Programme and Road Safety.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement, Councillor Tariq Ahmad said, “It’s important that children are aware of the ways in which different institutions work in society. These events teach children skills that could potentially save a life and avoid a serious situation. This event demonstrates Merton Council’s commitment to providing young people with the necessary tools to make them responsible citizens from an early age.”