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20 January, 2003

Charles Clarke supports National Youth Parliament Competition

Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education, has voiced his enthusiasm for the revived National Youth Parliament Competition.

'I am pleased that Norwich Union and the Citizenship Foundation will be re-launching this valuable competition, which provides young people with the opportunity to learn about parliament and democracy through becoming actively involved,' he said. The competition, which re-launches in September 2003, is being developed by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with Norwich Union. 'The Youth Parliament Competition is an example of citizenship education at its best: active, empowering and relevant,' said Tony Breslin, Chief Executive, Citizenship Foundation. With a decade-long track record, the Competition offers secondary students across the UK a unique insight into the workings of democracy, through producing a video of a mock parliamentary session. As well as being enjoyable for all involved, the competition supports the citizenship curriculum, which is now statutory in England for 11-16 year olds. Nick Pierson, Head of Public Affairs at Norwich Union, said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for Norwich Union and represents a cornerstone to our commitment to encourage people not only to explore their rights but also understand their responsibilities.' Share

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