GIS - 02 August, 2018: The first edition of the National Youth Parliament (NYP), a platform for young citizens to discuss issues of national and international importance in a parliamentary set up,was launched this morning in the Chamber of the National Assembly.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee and other personalities were present on the occasion.
The NYP which will span over two days aims to developing an interest and understanding of parliamentary history, etiquette and procedure among the youth as well as developing their public speaking, presentation, leadership and decision-making skills so as to enhance their ability to network with fellow citizens for the achievement of common goals.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Prime Minister spoke of the ethics and principles of the National Assembly which have prevailed over the years. He called on the participants to work towards a solid and more unified Mauritian society by eliminating injustices and revamping the economy. He underlined the need to bring more women in the National Assembly and on that score Mr Collendavelloo encouraged young girls to join politics thereby contributing to a fairer and more equitable Parliament.
For her part, the Speaker of the National Assembly recalled that the NYP is undoubtedly an invaluable instrument which can gauge the young people’s willingness to participate in the democratic process. The holding of youth parliaments is common in national parliaments throughout the world as a means of strengthening democracy, she said. Mrs Hanoomanjee expressed her confidence that the NYP will certainly provide a better understanding of the functions and operations of the legislature with regard to the Constitution, Standing Orders and Rules of the National Assembly, as well as parliamentary traditions, conventions and practice.
The Office of the Speaker, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has been working on this long awaited project over the past two years The first edition of the NYP is a testimony of the importance the National Assembly attaches to reaching out to the young people in view to better informing them about the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.
The Opposition Whip, Mr Santaram Baboo pointed out that the NYP is a unique holistic learning platform where participants will learn to adhere to the Constitutional duties and discuss important national issues as members of the National Assembly. He called on the participants to make the most of this platform, by bringing new ideas and giving a fresh impetus to the economic development of the country.
Some 379 applications were received for the first edition of the NYP from participants aged between 14 to 23, among whom 82 have been selected to role play as different members of the House. The participants have benefitted from a three-day induction course to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them determine the business to be transacted and to carry on with the proceedings of the two-day session of the NYP.
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