GIS - 03 August, 2018: Participants of the first edition of the National Youth Parliament (NYP) were awarded certificates upon successful completion of the two-days’ session during the closing ceremony of the first edition of NYP today in the Chamber of the National Assembly in presence of 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.
In her address, Mrs Hanoomanjee highlighted that the participants debated on three Sustainable Development Goals namely gender inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence; inclusive and equitable quality education; and climate change and its impact which they have couched in the form of motions and adopted as resolutions.
She indicated that the participants displayed high level of maturity and professionalism during these two days through their role play as different members of the House as well as discussions and interactions with the resource persons. She underlined that it is undisputed that parliamentary work is and should be of concern to the youth as it impacts on their present and their future.
The Youth Parliament is more than role playing, it is a real opportunity for the youth to make their own opinions felt and learn the benefits and the burden of operating in a democratic framework while at the same time engaging in the democratic process towards shaping a better future for the nation as a whole, she said.
The Speaker of National Assembly congratulated the participants and wished them success in their careers and appealed to them to continue upholding the ideals of parliamentary democracy as propounded by the Constitution.
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