Delyn MP David Hanson is urging schools and youth groups in Delyn to take in part in the 2007/08 National Youth Parliament Competition.
Healthy democracies need well-informed citizens who understand the democratic process and have the skills and confidence to participate. Now in its seventeenth successful year, the National Youth Parliament Competition helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary debates and to reflect on how laws are made. The competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation, and sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Parliament Education Service.
Students take on the roles of Government, Opposition and backbench MPs, recreate the parliamentary chamber, and make a 20 minute video of their debate on a mock bill. Videos are judged by MPs in Westminster.
The competition is open 11-18 year olds in state or independent education or in a youth group of any kind. Each team must have a minimum of 20 students but can involve 250 or more.
David Hanson said:
“This competition provides young people with a unique and challenging opportunity to get involved in political debate.
“The mock debate not only plays an important role in enabling young people to make sense of politics and develop the skills and understanding to participate in our democracy, but it can also be a lot of fun.”
For more information about the competition please contact the NYPC Project Officer at the Citizen Foundation on 020 7566 4156 nypc(at)citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or visit www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/nypc