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Mayor's Fund For London

Over 3,150 pupils from primary and secondary schools from across the capital have been considering how they would make the world’s greatest city even better if they were “Mayor for the Day” as part of the London Children’s Festival, in partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation and, the Children’s Commissioner for England and delivered by A New Direction.

Focusing on Mayoral priorities such as: ‘Jobs, Skills and Education’, ‘Environment, Health and Food’, ‘Crime, Safety and Travel’ and ‘Housing, Play and Public Spaces’, children and young people, aged nine to 14, across eight schools have looked at how they connect to and interpret these themes and come up with their own ideas to make the city a better place for all.

On 1 December 2017, 250 pupils came together at City Hall, for the Festival’s culmination event – in a presentation of their thoughts and ideas to representatives of the Mayor’s Office, the Greater London Authority and the Children’s Commissioner for England. Spoken-word artist, Joelle Taylor, also delivered a poem which weaved together the issues and solutions raised by the young people involved.

Following the Festival, the young peoples’ ideas and the poem will now feed into the development of a new London Children’s Charter by the Mayor’s Fund for London. The London Children’s Charter will help to advocate, influence and prioritise what young Londoners feel passionate about, and inform policy makers about what matters to the next generation.

Download the London Children’s Festival Poem here.

Drawing on themes featured in our City Pitch programme, the London Children’s Festival aims to:

  • Increase confidence and leadership skills development of young Londoners
  • Generate stronger identification with ‘London’ and awareness of opportunities within the city
  • Increase exposure to employers and the world of work
  • Generate learning from educational experience outside the classroom
  • Increase understanding of the role of the Mayor and function of City Hall




If I was Mayor for the day I would...

Run a giant jenga competition to bring communities closer together!

Alex, Brent

If I was Mayor for the day I would...

I'd give everyone the morning off so that they can use the time to go out and speak to their neighbours. Maybe use the time to do a good deed if the opportunity comes up. If not, then smiling and getting to know people in their community would be great too!

Phil, Greenwich

If I was Mayor for the day I would...

If I was Mayor for a day I would announce a car free day for London. I would love to experience a pollution free day.

Rahul, Croydon

If I was Mayor for the day I would...

I'd make all businesses turn all their lights off once they're closed for the day so that we can see the stars.

Laura, Waltham Forest

If I was Mayor for the day I would...

I would make sure all people in London who feel lonely are buddied up to a 'friend for the day', exploring the city and starting a new friendship.

Sietske, Waltham Forest

If I was Mayor for the day I would...

If I was Mayor for a day I would make sure that all children have breakfast before going to school and no one in London goes hungry.

Luke , Barnet

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