Young people launch Scottish political competition
Pupils from Edinburgh, Dunblane and Fife join the Presiding Officer in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament to launch the Holyrood model of the National Youth Parliament Competition on 8 October 2003.Organised by the Citizenship Foundation with sponsorship from Norwich Union, the Holyrood model builds on the long-standing success in Scotland of the National Youth Parliament Competition, which has brought to life the House of Commons for thousands of young people since 1990. This year, 11-18 year olds from across Scotland are challenged to set up their own Scottish Parliament in their school or youth group, and hold a First Ministers Question Time and a debate on a topic of their choice. The young people will make video recordings of their mock parliamentary sessions, which will be judged by MSPs across the political spectrum and Lawnmarket journalists, with awards for the national winning team and five individual prizes. This new model and the accompanying resources have been developed with help from the Scottish Parliaments Education Service, and we hope MSPs will help teams in their areas prepare their entries. George Reid, Presiding Officer, says: For Scottish students now to be able to study their own Parliament in this competition is a great step forward in helping the youth of Scotland take responsibility in the political arena.