Year 12 and 13 students from across the Island will be coming together for the 22nd Annual Youth Assembly on Tuesday 19th March in the States Chamber.
The event provides young participants with an opportunity to question Ministers and Assistant Ministers about a range of topics – from the promotion of Jèrriais to rules governing blood donors – and to learn about the way Jersey’s parliament works.
The event mirrors a States meeting as closely as possible in order to provide students with first-hand experience of Jersey’s parliament. The aim of the Jersey Youth Assembly is to promote a clear understanding of how Jersey’s political system works. Students will take their places in the seats normally occupied by the 49 elected Members and will be given a forum to express their views and contribute to formal political debate in the Island. As well as developing valuable skills, the Youth Assembly aims to inspire young people to take a more active role in the democratic process in future and to realise that they can make a difference in our community.
A wide range of topics are selected and debated by students, following a robust Question Time which will include 15 minutes of questions without notice to the Chief Minister. This year’s questions cover a range of topics including the reform of the electoral system, the creation of an independent Channel Island state and the effectiveness of the current PSHE curriculum. Students from five of Jersey’s post-16 colleges will participate in this year’s Assembly – Jersey College for Girls, Victoria College, De la Salle, Beaulieu and Hautlieu.
The Bailiff will formally open the event and Chair the question period. The Deputy of Grouville, Carolyn Labey, Chairman of the CPA Jersey Branch, will then preside over the Assembly and the Greffier of the States, Mark Egan, will act as the Clerk. The annual event is sponsored by the Jersey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Assembly will be webcast in the same way as a regular States meeting, as well as being broadcast live by Radio Jersey.
States Assembly Press Release.