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Get Learning: UK Youth Parliament

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Have your young people heard of the UK Youth Parliament? The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Current Campaigns

A total of 276 Members of Youth Parliament aged 11-18 took part in the debates, the subjects for which were voted for by 978,216 young people across the UK. The UK Youth parliament has chosen ‘votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections and referenda’ as its national campaign for 2017.

The other top topics which came up were:

  1. Stop cuts that affect the NHS. Funding that affects the NHS shouldn’t be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people.
  2. Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  3. Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.
  4. A Curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.

Share the above with your young people and use these topics as discussion starters to see what they think and if they agree that these are the top 5 topics that should be being debated.

You can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament at ukyouthparliament.org.uk

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