The Youth Parliament served as an opportunity for 90 students from 16 secondary schools to train on how to debate. During a presentation ceremony to successful students in the “Young Parliamentarians” program, Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima said that students have better understood what active citizenship means and how the democratic process is implemented.
The building of critical skills, public speech and the appreciation of different views were among the skills learnt by the participating students.
Jason Zammit from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ said that although the pandemic affected competition, the debates were carried out virtually and students expressed their views.
‘Young Parliamentarians, Ejjew niddibattu’ was held in three phases with training in schools and virtual debates.
Some of the participating students, who presented two motions, said that the experience thought them to better appreciate contrasting views, the need of hearing the opinion of others, techniques on debate and the feeling of confidence in debates, among others.
Parliamentary Secretary Grima said that the determination of students to train themselves and debate, even during the virus pandemic, augurs well for the country’s future.