Two young people from Jersey, Joe Mayes and Andrew de Castro, will be representing Jersey at the 5th Commonwealth Youth Parliament that is being held in London between the 4th and 8th December 2012.
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament is being organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and will bring together some 60 young people between the ages of 18 and 29 from across the Commonwealth. The overall goal of the Youth Parliament is to strengthen understanding of parliamentary democracy among the participants and to provide a forum for them to express their ideas, concerns and expectations. The Youth Parliament will mirror proceedings in Parliament with debates, question time and committee work. The final session of the Youth Parliament will be a debate held in the magnificent setting of the House of Lords on the motion “Access to education – should universal education be free?” This debate will be presided over by Baroness De Souza, the Lord Speaker. The participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and about the parliamentary system at Westminster and will be given the opportunity to observe Prime Minister’s Questions and question time in the House of Lords
Joe Mayes, who studied at de la Salle College, is currently reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Durham. Andrew de Castro, who was a pupil at Victoria College, is currently reading Hispanic Studies and Politics at the University of Westminster and spent the last academic year at the University of Havana, Cuba, as part of his 4 year course.
The Chairman of the Jersey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Connétable Len Norman said, “The Commonwealth Youth Parliament provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet colleagues from right across the Commonwealth and young people from Jersey who have attended the previous Youth Parliaments have found them to be tremendously interesting and enjoyable. I am sure that both Joe and Andrew will be wonderful ambassadors for Jersey and I know that they will benefit greatly from attendance at the event.”