Preparing our future leaders
─ 5th Annual Youth Parliament Opened
DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 9, 2019
Students from secondary schools across Guyana have convened in the capital city for the 5th sitting of the National Youth Parliament. The students will be trained in parliamentary etiquette and decorum and will have first-hand experience with Parliamentary procedures.
The Department of Public Information (DPI) caught up with two Youth Parliamentarians to get a feel of what they expect from this exercise. The first to share her view was Brittany Valdaris from Brickdam Secondary School. “My expectation from youth parliament is to learn and better myself as a future leader so I could make Guyana a better place. I would try to implement rules that would reflect our motto – ‘One People One Nation One Destiny’ because I want to see Guyana become more beautiful than it already is, I want to end any intolerance.”
The DPI also spoke with Kellisha Peters from Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School who was filled with energy and bursting with excitement. “Going into Youth Parliament, I would like to be exposed to various opinions from the different students, I would want to learn more about what goes on in Parliament and how decisions are made and overall. I would just like to have a good time and learn new things and meet new people”
The first sitting of the 5th Annual Youth Parliament will begin on Wednesday, August 14 and will feature Secondary School students, while the University of Guyana students will be in for the second sitting the very next day.
For the 4th Sitting held last August, the Best Speaker Award was granted to Arifa Ahsidally, who was the Shadow Minister of Education, while the Best Debator was conferred on the Prime Minister, Jordan Kellman.