Tongan Youth Parliament to convene for first time since start of political reform era

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    Tonga’s first Youth Parliament in a decade will convene next month.

    The Speaker of Parliament, Lord Fakafanua, said the Youth Parliament was intended to develop an interest in political processes among young people and encourage them to take part.

    “This much anticipated event will be the first in Tonga’s post-reform era since 2010,” the Speaker said.

    “These reforms have been a pivotal moment in Tonga’s political history and have set the compass for tomorrow’s generations.

    “If there was ever an opportune time to host this significant event, now would be that time.

    “It is testament to the Legislative Assembly’s commitment to youth empowerment, leadership, education and providing a unique platform where the voice of our young people and our youth can be heard.”

    Lord Fakafanua said it was hoped the Youth Parliament would increase young people’s awareness of how Parliament works and how they could contribute to decision making.

    It would provide an opportunity for young people learn about the concepts of democracy, good governance, transparency and accountability.

    He said it would also help them develop leadership skills.

    “It will motivate our youth to become leaders and to build their confidence to contribute to the well-being of their homes, schools, churches and communities,” the Speaker said.

    About 100 young people attended the launch at the Tonga National Centre.

    The theme of the launch was ‘Our Parliament – Bringing Parliament to You.’

    The main points

    • Tonga’s first Youth Parliament in a decade will convene next month.
    • The Speaker of Parliament, Lord Fakafanua, said the Youth Parliament was intended to develop an interest in political processes among young people.
    • “This much anticipated event will be the first in Tonga’s post-reform era since 2010,” the Speaker said.

    For more information

    Youth Parliament Public Awareness Programme 2018 officially launched

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