Kate Gravell, Education Officer for the Welsh Youth Parliament recently visited the College to talk to the A-level Welsh Second Language students and the A-level Law students about the new Welsh Youth Parliament which is currently being formed.
Kate started the session by providing the students with the history of devolution in Wales; the formation of the National Assembly for Wales and its legislative powers; the difference between the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Government; the Senedd’s green features and how the Welsh and English languages are used within it; the role of the Presiding Officer and the Wales Act 2017.
Students were asked to present their own ideas to consider as possible future laws. Some of the ideas included free or reduced public transport fares for young people; save the local hospital; ban fossil fuel-based vehicles on roads; and create more opportunities to use Welsh on a social level.
Kate went on to talk about the Welsh Youth Parliament which has recently been formed to enable young people to have their say on things that matter to them in Wales. It will include 60 members who are young people aged 11 – 18 of which 40 will be elected by voting in the November 2018 election. The remaining 20 will be elected by partner organisations. This will ensure there is representation from diverse groups of young people.
Kate explained she thoroughly enjoyed her visit, “It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking to Pembrokeshire College students about the Welsh Youth Parliament, which aims to give young people a voice in the world of politics. Elections have taken place over recent weeks, and on Wednesday 5th December names of the 60 new members will be announced. It will be their job to highlight and debate issues faced by young people at a national level and create a platform for change.”
Janice Morgan, the Welsh Language Development Officerat the College added, “Our A-level Welsh Second Language students and our A-level Law students gained in-depth knowledge of the new Welsh Youth Parliament and also of the Welsh Assembly. We are delighted that Kate visited the College to talk to our students and share her enthusiasm for ensuring that our young people have a voice in matters that affect us all.”
Kate concluded her visited by encouraging students to visit the Welsh Youth Parliament website and register in order to allow them to vote for their preferred candidate in their area.