Equality, education and environment to be discussed at annual National Youth Parliament

The Malta Youth Council (KNŻ) has launched the 17th edition of the National Youth Parliament, an annual event which encourages youths to participate and implement changes in society. This was announced during a press conference outside the Maltese Parliament.

During this press conference, the topics which will be discussed include gender equality, the implementation of civic education and single-use plastics for youths between the ages of 13 and 18; and Artificial Intelligence, the use of technology for sustainable development as well as the educational system in Malta for youths between the ages of 19 and 35.

KNŻ President Chiara Vassallo mentioned that through the Council’s events and policies, they strive to cultivate a society in which youth are motivated to take action, ensuring that their voice is heard, valued and perused. Vassallo encouraged youths to apply for this event to strengthen their knowledge of how to fulfil their civic duty.

“It was a key factor in finding my voice”

KNŻ National Officer Kristina Filletti said that she personally took part in NYP and this was a key factor of her finding her voice. Filletti encouraged youths to take part in this educational event and stand up to have their voices heard on a national platform as well as to not shy away from taking this step which could eventually have an impact not only on their lives but also on the national agenda.

Spokesperson for Youth Ryan Callus said that the topics which were chosen for this event are pertinent ones which need to be looked into.  Callus focus mainly on gender equality, were Malta lies at the bottom of the European statistic in terms of the gender pay gap as well as focused on the importance of the civic education and the importance of eliminating hate speech within the younger generation to build a future society which is more respectful of different segments of society.

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The Parliamentary Secretary for Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima said that tomorrow, youth between the ages of 16 and 17 will be voting for the first time in a move which will help empower them. Grima also mentioned that youths which take part in such events help shape the national agenda and hopes that they will be the politicians and leaders of the future.