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The Wales We Want
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Revolutionary system putting students at the heart of decision making
Pembrokeshire College, in conjunction with VocalEyes, is putting learners at the heart of the Welsh Government’s ground-breaking National Conversation on The Wales We Want.
Learners at Pembrokeshire College are being encouraged to have their voice heard and play an active role in shaping how Wales will look in 2050. As our future adults, learners are being consulted on how we should develop Wales as a sustainable nation to 2050 including priorities such as tackling climate change, education, health, employment, language, culture and what young people want Wales to be like when they become adults, parents and grandparents.
The consultation is looking to inform the ‘Future Generations Bill’ and this is the first time that VocalEyes has been used in this way. Having already transformed the College’s Learner Voice process, from 100 interactions to a staggering 26,000 interactions over a twelve month period, the power of the VocalEyes platform is being recognised by many education and public sector bodies as a way of engaging with their customers and stakeholders. Neath Port Talbot College and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are also using the VocalEyes system to encourage their learners to participate in the National Conversation.
Through VocalEyes learners are being asked to put forward their own ideas as well as rating and debating other people’s ideas with the aim of positioning Wales as the best place to live, learn, work and do business from now until 2050. Through the consultation it is hoped that young people will think more about the long-term future of Wales, will work better together and will take early action to ensure the people of Wales are healthier and happier, more bilingual, our economy is prosperous and our environment is resilient.
The Wales We Want is a government-sponsored conversation about sustainable development and what Wales our young people want to live in to 2050. All ideas, debates and ratings generated through VocalEyes will be passed directly to the Welsh Government during June. It is hoped the use of the VocalEyes platform will highlight the power of digital engagement when seeking the views of young people on important topics such as The Wales We Want and will ensure the sustainability of this work into the future.
On launching the National Conversation, Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty commented: “This Conversation is about the kind of Wales we want to see in the future. How do we ensure that the decisions we make now strike the right balance in securing a healthier nation with better prospects without adversely impacting on our natural resources?”
In you are interested in finding out more and participating in the National Conversation, The Wales We Want website – http://thewaleswewant.co.uk/ has a link to a survey where anyone can participate and respond to the multiple-choice questions. The voices of young people – those who will be adults in 2050 – is of particular interest, though of course anyone who considers themselves a stakeholder in Wales – as an individual, business-member, academic, parent, grandparent – anyone interested in helping influence Wales for the future – is encouraged to join in.