Trinidad and Tobago Youth Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago Youth Parliament Trinidad and Tobago National Youth Parliament Background: The National Youth Parliament is held under the auspices of the Trinidad and Tobago Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
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The CPA is, originally, a British organization, which works to support the principles of good governance, democracy and human rights. It was founded as the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1911, with its first Branches being Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, the latter Branch administering the association as a whole. In 1948 the association changed its name to the current Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and allowed all Branches to take part in the administration of the organization. The branches are grouped into nine Commonwealth regions- Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and the Mediterranean; Canada; India; Pacific, and South – East Asia Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic of which Trinidad and Tobago is part. The Clerk of the House of Representatives, Ms. Jacqui Sampson, currently serves as Regional Secretary of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Since the 1990s, the CPA has widened its focus to include the promotion of the Commonwealth and parliamentary democracy to young people. These include marking Commonwealth Day and holding Youth Parliaments. The CPA holds periodic Commonwealth Youth Parliaments and encourages Parliaments and Legislatures to support local Youth Parliaments to enable young people to experience making laws, debating issues, conducting committee work and even changing governments, all within the rules of parliamentary conduct. The National Youth Parliament is an occasion where sixth form students from schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago engage in a mock Parliamentary Debate. For one day the students assume the roles of varying Members of Parliament and discuss proposed legislation or motions. In order to remain true to the real debate, students also perform in the capacities of the members of the Parliament staff who assist the elected representatives in their duties. The First National Youth Parliament was held in 1987. The event became a biennial one, since then with debates taking place in 1989 and as far up to 1995. However, as a result of representations made by a number of schools, a decision was taken in 2005 by the Executive Committee of the Local Branch of the CPA to make it an annual event. According to the CPA, Youth Parliament is one method of encouraging young people to understand the principles and skills which underpin democracy and civil society. It also provides them with a forum to express their ideas, concerns and expectations with regard to democracy. The National Youth Parliament has its core several objectives which we hoped are achieved not only on the day on which the debate takes place but also during preparation stage. They are to: • foster youth development through social dialogue, • give young people the opportunity to have their views heard by key decision- makers and the general public, • help young people to understand and actively participate in parliamentary processes, • help young people learn how to influence governmental decision-making as active citizens, • highlight the importance of helping young people understand how decisions are made and how they can be involved in influencing their worlds. Trinidad and Tobago is not the only English –speaking Caribbean nation to hold a National Youth Parliament. Several other countries including Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia also have this activity. Bermuda, with its well- oiled parliamentary machinery, has a Youth Parliamentary debate every month.

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We remind you that the deadline to submit comments to the Joint Select Committee on the Representation of the People (Am...
01/02/2021

We remind you that the deadline to submit comments to the Joint Select Committee on the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020 is March 1, 2021. http://ow.ly/XXwf50CXVO4

Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago
24/01/2021

Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

Did you miss this morning's premiere of our feature on the Parliament's return to the Red House? Don't worry! You can see it again on the Parliament Channel at 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. today. #RedHouseTheReturn

Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago
24/01/2021

Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

As we commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the reopening of the Red House on Friday 24th January, 2020 by Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we take a look back at some before and after photographs of the seat of our democracy through the years.
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21/01/2021

One day remains to submit your comments to the Joint Select Committee on National Security on strategies to combat the prevalence of organized criminal gangs in Trinidad and Tobago. http://ow.ly/Y6Eg50D2ocW

Be sure to send in your comments to us on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020  by January 31, 2021. Don't miss t...
20/01/2021

Be sure to send in your comments to us on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 by January 31, 2021. Don't miss this opportunity!

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Tomorrow is the final day to submit your comments and suggestions to the #JSCSSPA on the matter of the effects of the bl...
19/01/2021

Tomorrow is the final day to submit your comments and suggestions to the #JSCSSPA on the matter of the effects of the blended learning system on student performance in gov't & gov't assisted schools during the revised COVID-19 restrictions.

Email us now!

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The deadline to submit your comments to the Joint Select Committee on National Security on strategies to combat the prev...
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The deadline to submit your comments to the Joint Select Committee on National Security on strategies to combat the prevalence of organized criminal gangs in Trinidad and Tobago is January 22, 2021. https://youtu.be/6HmjjGQnNg8
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Three of our Youth Parliamentarians will appear on TV6's Morning Edition this morning after 7 a.m. Tune in!. Graphic by ...
15/01/2021

Three of our Youth Parliamentarians will appear on TV6's Morning Edition this morning after 7 a.m. Tune in!. Graphic by K. Pascall.

Just 6 days remaining to add your voice to the matter of the effects of the blended learning system on student performan...
14/01/2021

Just 6 days remaining to add your voice to the matter of the effects of the blended learning system on student performance in gov't & gov't assisted schools during the revised COVID-19 restrictions.

Don't miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.

http://ow.ly/B5tx50CRZze

The deadline to send in your comments to us on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 is fast approaching.Take a lo...
13/01/2021

The deadline to send in your comments to us on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 is fast approaching.

Take a look at the Bill and send us your thoughts no later than January 31, 2021. We look forward to hearing from you.

http://ow.ly/O4am50CRXUb

Did you miss yesterday's 18th National Youth Parliament? Want to see it again? Do so on demand via our YouTube Channel, ...
12/01/2021
18th National Youth Parliament (Part 1) - January 11, 2021

Did you miss yesterday's 18th National Youth Parliament? Want to see it again? Do so on demand via our YouTube Channel, ParlView. ow.ly/yRK850CwZQY

18th National Youth ParliamentRescheduled to Monday January 11, 20212:30 p.m.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Your Feedback:✦ Understanding: ...

Congratulations to Khaleem Ali, who won best debater at the 18th National Youth Parliament. Second place went to Kemuel ...
11/01/2021

Congratulations to Khaleem Ali, who won best debater at the 18th National Youth Parliament. Second place went to Kemuel Pascall and third place to Kobe Sandy.

Congratulations to Shane John (494 votes), who was voted People's Choice during the 18th National Youth Parliament. Seco...
11/01/2021

Congratulations to Shane John (494 votes), who was voted People's Choice during the 18th National Youth Parliament. Second was Shanta Seepersad (414 votes) and third was Ruqayyah Scott (187 votes). The total number of votes was 2454.

11/01/2021

The poll for People's Choice in the 18th National Youth Parliament is now open. Follow the link to select the candidate of your choice. https://t.co/5MLwT5SRTM

In 30 minutes, the 1st Sitting of the 18th National Youth Parliament will begin. Participants will meet virtually to deb...
11/01/2021

In 30 minutes, the 1st Sitting of the 18th National Youth Parliament will begin. Participants will meet virtually to debate the topic of bridging the digital divide in Trinidad and Tobago. Be sure to tune in!

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Members of the viewing and listening public get to vote for People's Choice at this afternoon's 18th National Youth Parl...
11/01/2021

Members of the viewing and listening public get to vote for People's Choice at this afternoon's 18th National Youth Parliament via online poll. The poll will open 30 minutes after the start of proceedings (3:00 p.m.) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18TTYP

in 24 hours from now, 25 youth parliamentarians from across Trinidad and Tobago, meet virtually to debate the topic of b...
10/01/2021
18th National Youth Parliament (Part 1) - January 11, 2021

in 24 hours from now, 25 youth parliamentarians from across Trinidad and Tobago, meet virtually to debate the topic of bridging the digital divide in Trinidad and Tobago during our 18th National Youth Parliamentary debate.

We are happy to bring you live coverage of this rescheduled 1st Sitting of the #18NYP on Parliament Channel 11, Radio 105.5 FM and ParlView. We look forward to hearing what our youths have to say and hope you do too!

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18th National Youth ParliamentRescheduled to Monday January 11, 20212:30 p.m.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Your Feedback:✦ Understanding: ...

10/01/2021

Sachin Jaganath will be Speaker of the House in the 18th National Youth Parliament on Monday January 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

10/01/2021

Chrisette Benjamin will be the Leader of the House, Minister of Planning and Development and Member for Arouca/Maloney in the upcoming 18th National Youth Parliament on Monday January 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

09/01/2021

Natalia Monsegue will serve as Opposition Chief Whip and Member for Pointe-a-Pierre in the 18th National Youth Parliament on Monday January 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

09/01/2021

Ajay Alleyne will serve as Prime Minister during the 18th National Youth Parliament, being held virtually on Monday January 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

08/01/2021

Please note that the meeting of the Joint Select Committee on State Enterprises scheduled for Monday January 11, 2021 has been cancelled. Any inconvenience is regretted.

Remember that the deadline for submissions to the Joint Select Committee on the Representation of the People (Amendment)...
07/01/2021

Remember that the deadline for submissions to the Joint Select Committee on the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020 has been extended to March 1, 2021. http://ow.ly/XXwf50CXVO4

The Joint Select Committee on National Security is seeking your views on strategies to combat the prevalence of organize...
07/01/2021

The Joint Select Committee on National Security is seeking your views on strategies to combat the prevalence of organized gangs in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow the link for details. http://ow.ly/Y6Eg50D2ocW

Don't miss the opportunity to share your comments with us on the effects of the blended learning system on student perfo...
07/01/2021

Don't miss the opportunity to share your comments with us on the effects of the blended learning system on student performance in gov't and gov't assisted schools during the revised COVID-19 restrictions.

Email us now at [email protected].

http://ow.ly/9en850CRZg2

We are looking out to hear from you! Share your thoughts on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 with us. The dea...
06/01/2021

We are looking out to hear from you! Share your thoughts on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 with us.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2021. Don't miss it!

http://ow.ly/igdT50CRXJV

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