Young­sters to take over Par­lia­ment on Mon­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

YOUNG PER­SONS from clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the is­land will come to­gether for the stag­ing of the Na­tional Youth Par­lia­ment on Mon­day at Gor­don House in Kingston, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

The event is be­ing spear­headed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion.

The Na­tional Youth Par­lia­ment was ini­tially im­ple­mented in 2003 as a Youth Month ac­tiv­ity of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Youth Devel­op­ment. Seven sit­tings were held up to 2009.

It is in­tended to pro­vide a forum for young peo­ple, aged 15-24 years, to ex­press their views on var­i­ous is­sues, to net­work, and to be­come in­volved in the process of democ­racy and gov­er­nance at both the na­tional and lo­cal lev­els.


The sit­ting also serves to in­tro­duce young peo­ple to par­lia­men­tary pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures, while de­vel­op­ing their skills in re­search, pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and anal­y­sis, ad­vo­cacy, pub­lic speak­ing, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

At the same time, they will di­a­logue with na­tional po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and re­view leg­is­la­tion and pol­icy to­wards ad­vanc­ing the youth main­stream­ing agenda.

State Min­is­ter Floyd Green said the re­con­ven­ing of the Na­tional Youth Par­lia­ment pro­vides an av­enue for young peo­ple to give a voice to the is­sues that af­fect them.

“One of the things we are do­ing with Youth Par­lia­ment ... is that [youth] par­lia­men­tar­i­ans will serve for a year. Af­ter they have the sit­ting and they come up with their sug­ges­tions, the in­ten­tion is that they will take those sug­ges­tions and res­o­lu­tions and they will lead a cam­paign for that year to seek the changes that they want and see if they can bring them about,” Green said.

He in­di­cated that the par­tic­i­pants would work closely with the Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil as teams of re­searchers on var­i­ous is­sues.

The Youth Par­lia­ment will con­sist of 70 mem­bers and will in­clude clerks to the House and press gallery mem­bers.

Clerks will pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port, while press mem­bers will pre­pare opin­ion pieces and other pub­li­ca­tions of the Youth Par­lia­ment and ad­vi­sory coun­cil.

Green said that the par­tic­i­pants were rec­om­mended through youth or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Na­tional Sec­ondary Youth Coun­cil and the Ja­maica Union for Ter­tiary Stu­dents, as well as an open-ap­pli­ca­tion process.


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