Delyn MP David Hanson is urging the young students of Flintshire to take part in this years Parliamentary Press Gallery Writing Competition.
As part of the celebrations for its 200th anniversary in 2003, the Parliamentary Press Gallery inaugurated a writing competition for students, designed to complement citizenship lessons in schools.
The original competition proved to be a great success and on each occasion the winners have spent day in Parliament. They have been able to meet the Speaker, many Members of Parliament, including those who supported the competition by acting as judges, and the Prime Minister, plus political journalists from the variety of national and regional newspapers, television and radio broadcasters, news agencies, news magazines, internet publishers and the specialist press represented in the Press Gallery.
The competition is divided into age groups and by region and each year a specific theme is chosen for each of them to write on. This year the chosen theme is global poverty as the overall topic and the specific subjects to write about are as follows.
Year 10 and 11
Imagine you are an adviser to a minister with responsibility for aid and trade to Africa. Write a short report setting out ideas to get British school children more involved in the Government’s campaign to tackle poverty, including free education for all across the continent.
Year 12 and 13
Imagine you are advising the Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition ahead of next year’s G8 summit of world leaders. Write a balanced discussion paper assessing how, or whether, Britain’s aid policy objectives – universal free education, universal access to drugs to tackle malaria and HIV – can be achieved. Set out how these objectives have been affected by the UK’s wider foreign policy and military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Outline your ideas in approximately 1500 words
Regional winners will enjoy a day in London meeting prominent parliamentary journalists and politicians. The day will end with the announcement of the two overall winners and the presentation of awards.
David Hanson said:
“This really is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in politics and to think and write about the issues around them. This is a way in to understanding more about politics and should be both interesting and fun.
“The aim of the competition is to promote awareness and discussion of the values of parliamentary democracy and the political process.
“Global poverty is a blight that we are determined to eradicate and from my regular visits to local schools I know that it is something that Flintshire students care deeply about.
“I want to encourage all budding writers in Delyn in years 10 to 13 to get involved.”
For more information on how to enter visit www.writenow.org.uk