Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging local schools to visit the Scottish Parliament.
The SNP MSP has written to local head teachers with details of the Scottish Parliament’s school visit programme. Local schools can book to visit the Parliament via Education Services, during which they will be given a tour and attend a Parliamentary debate.
Diary permitting, Mr Mackay and other local MSPs also meet with the pupils to answer any questions they have, but most recently Mr Mackay met with pupils from Houston Primary.
Any schools interested in the programme can contact the Scottish Parliament directly to enquire.
Mr Mackay said: “The Scottish Parliament doesn’t belong to politicians or to political parties, it belongs to the people and even more so to our young people.
“Therefore it is important that schools pupils get the chance to visit their Parliament, see how it works and quiz politicians. It also shows them at a young age that politics and decision makers isn’t something which is hidden away, but is accessible and is in fact there to serve them.
“Seeing youngsters in and around the Parliament is fantastic and their excitement and enthusiasm breaths life into the building.
“Over the next session I look forward to seeing as many schools from Renfrewshire North & West as possible visit Parliament.”