Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia has said that Parliament needs to start being considered a home to all Maltese citizens.
Rather than the usual gathering of parliamentarians listening to the speaker however, this time Dr Furruga was speaking to young Skola Sajf attendees from Qormi, Mosta and Marsascala (Wied il-Ġhajn). He insisted that every citizen should be able to voice their concerns as individuals and members of civil society to all members of parliament.
In the presence of a number of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, and Opposition MPs, Dr Farrugia said that he is hopeful about the role that children have to play in policy-making.
This informal Parliamentary session of sorts is not one in isolation, and there are a number of opportunities for young people to get in on the action. The Speaker mentioned the Mini European Assembly, National Youth Parliament, and EkoSkola as examples of different veins of policy-making open to youth participation.