Local CPA to host youth event

| 27/07/2017
CNS Local Life

The Youth Parliament meets in Cayman for Commonwealth Day this year

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will host a special event for Cayman Islands’ youth on Friday, 4 August 2017 at the Town Hall in George Town. The CPA Secretariat and Cayman’s MLAs will be bringing the “CPA Roadshow” for youth that is taking place this year across 53 Commonwealth member nations that have a combined population of more than 2 billion, 60% of which is under 30 years old.

Through this youth-empowering exercise, the CPA aims to increase awareness of parliament functioning within a democracy.

The CPA roadshows “provide an opportunity for young people to discuss the issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet local members of parliament and parliamentary staff” and to find out about the CPA’s work and the wider Commonwealth”, stated a CPA press release.

The roadshows were launched in March 2016 by the chairperson of the CPA executive committee, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh, who said, Young people are the future of the Commonwealth and the CPA is working to give young people a platform to raise a range of issues that impact their lives.

“The CPA has a unique network of parliamentarians from over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and the CPA Roadshows are engaging young people in democracy.

Elaborating on the Cayman Islands Roadshow, Zena Merren-Chin, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and secretary of the local branch, extended the invitation to all youth aged 14-25 years to the programme where the Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan, will make a presentation at the Town Hall event from 3:30pm to 5pm. Given the age grouping, the event is open to high school and tertiary level students and all interested youth. Refreshments will be provided, she added.

This new youth initiative is being held as part of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly’s post-election seminar, which is being held in the Cayman Islands this year from 3-4 August for MLAs.

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