A pupil from Oban High School has been selected as a member of Scotland’s first ever Scottish Education Council.
Rowan Watkins, aged 17, is one of only five young people representatives chosen to stand on the Council to oversee work to help improve education services across the country.
The Scottish Education Council is made up of a mix of representatives, brought together to discuss education in Scotland and look at where improvements can be made.
Rowan said: “I feel extremely privileged to have been chosen to stand on the Scottish Education Council and to represent the young people of Scotland. We held our first meeting in Edinburgh last week and will meet every two months. It is a wonderful opportunity for me and I look forward to being a voice for Scotland’s young people.”
Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead Education, said: “This is a great achievement and I am delighted that Rowan has been selected to stand on the Scottish Education Council.
“It is extremely important that the views of Scotland’s young people are heard, and the Education Council will provide Rowan with a chance to voice her opinions and share the experiences of others at a national level.
“We want the very best for our young people. Our vision in Argyll and Bute is to ensure high quality partnership working and community engagement, and to strengthen leadership at all levels. Rowan is helping us to achieve that and I look forward to hearing how the Scottish Education Council progresses over the coming months. Once again, well done Rowan.”