Hi everyone, my name is Kes Triggs and I’m 13 years old. I live in the seaside town of Barmouth, north Wales and I go to school in Harlech. I am also a Girl Guide.
When I was 5 I became involved in Girl Guiding Cymru as a Rainbow, I then moved up to Brownies and am now a Guide. I love it. Guiding can give you lots of opportunities to get out and meet new people and do new things.
In February half term a Guide friend and I went on a course to meet new people, learn about medical science (it was really cool and we even learnt how to take blood – from a special dummy) and also we met a lady called Caryl Mai Hughes who spoke to us about the National Assembly for Wales and the work they do, specifically with young people. I learnt how politics actually does affect my life – my education and how I live.
On Friday 24th February I did a presentation to my fellow Guides and leaders about what I had learnt. It was actually really good fun (once I got started), I asked everyone what they knew about politics and was told ‘it’s about how the country is run’ and ‘it’s boring’ and ‘David Cameron’ but no one really knew what it is or that it affects them.
We spoke about the National Assembly for Wales and some of its policies, we also played some games (they really enjoyed that).
After I finished, I asked everyone what they had learnt and the responses I got were better. They knew more about the assembly, the 60 members, plenary, Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and that the assembly decides which laws should be passed and agreeing how much money the Welsh Government can spend.
They were all asked to fill in questionnaires as well.
After learning all the information and presenting it to my fellow Guides, I realise how important the assembly and Welsh government are. I think I will definitely be more interested in what goes on around me and how politics really do affect our lives.