– Guyana selects two participants.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretariat and the CPA North West Province, will be joining forces to facilitate the sixth Commonwealth Youth Parliament early next month. The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is held annually and sees participation from over 90 young people representing their respective countries. The event is scheduled to be held in Mmabatho, South Africa and Guyana will be sending two of its very own to participate in this year’s CYP. The selected persons are Brian Andre Smith and Dana King-Waithe who received formal advice from local Members of Parliament, including Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman.
The objective of the Youth Parliament is to strengthen the democratic process in the Commonwealth by deepening the understanding of parliamentary democracy among the participants and providing a medium for them to express their ideas, concerns and expectations. The Youth Parliament seeks to create reflections of parliamentary proceedings such as debates, question time and committee work, so participants will better understand how parliaments function. All participants are usually expected to exude great confidence and fully participate in all activities organized by the CYP.
Participants benefit from the exposure given in the parliamentary arena and create prognoses on how future parliamentary processes will be conducted.
In addition, the young Members of Parliament participating in this event, will facilitate mentorship programmes for the young people participating in the Commonwealth Youth Parliament. The event is slated to begin on Sunday, November 2, 2014 and will come to an end on Friday, November 7, 2014.