Listen to children
Recently there has been debate whether to remove or retain our existing flag, although excluding children (aged 11 – 18) from voting.
Children have the guidance of Social Studies to vote, therefore giving us the right to vote; why ignore us?
Children and young people (humans aged 18 and under) have the same general human rights as adults. We are all equal; why don’t children vote?
Children are impacted by political votes, and in this case, we will be affected by the change of our flag. For example if – in a tragic case – World War III is introduced, our leaders – the children of today – will be represented by our existing flag or our substitute flag in the future.
During Social Studies, children learn about different countries and their flags, politics and the importance of equality. For example, a variety of primary schools studied the countries who participated in the Olympics in 2012 and their flags. This gives children the guidance they need to vote.
Our flag is important to our nation. Children should have the right to vote, as our flag represents all ages.
Adults do not own New Zealand. Why can’t we have a say?