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14 June, 2004

Media invited to the Youth Parliament Competition reception

Operational notice

Members of the media are invited to the Prizewinners’ Reception of the National Youth Parliament Competition – Holyrood model

Photographers, TV cameras and reporters welcome:

Thursday 17 June, 12.30-1pm, Scottish Parliament Chamber

12.30pm Prizes awarded in the Scottish Parliament Chamber

by First Minister, Jack McConnell, and Presiding Officer, George Reid

followed by buffet lunch in Committee Room Two.

Organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by Norwich Union, the National Youth Parliament Competition helps bring to life the process of politics and government by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary session.

With over a decade-long track record of involving Scottish schools in the Westminster model, teams in Scotland were this year offered the chance to recreate the Scottish Parliament instead of the House of Commons.

Launched in October 2003, this new model, and the accompanying resources have been developed with help from the Scottish Parliament’s Education Service.

The winners of National Youth Parliament Competition – Holyrood 2003/4 are:

Best Team – Belmont Academy, Ayr

Runner-up Team – Knox Academy, Haddington

Best First Minister – Matthew MacPherson, George Watson’s College

Best Minister – Jason Skimming, Belmont Academy

Best Opposition Spokesperson - Lauren Barr, Belmont Academy

Best Backbencher – Colin Mitchell, Belmont Academy

All media welcome. Those without Scottish Parliament media accreditation should contact the Scottish Parliament’s Media Relations Office to organize a day pass (0131 348 6245). Media should report to Andrew Proudfoot at the Quadrangle door entrance to the Chamber.

If photographers are unable to attend, photographs will be available from the Scottish Parliament’s Media Relations Office on 0131 348 6245 or andrew.proudfoot@scottishparliament.uk after 15.00 on Thursday 17 June.

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The Scottish Parliament is committed to meeting the access requirements of those visiting the Scottish Parliament’s premises. If you have any specific requirements in relation to this meeting, please contact Andrew Proudfoot by telephone: 0131 348 6269, calls via RNID Typetalk: 18001 0131 348 6245, Fax: 0131 348 5608, or email andrew.proudfoot@scottish.parliament.uk.

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

1. The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no. 801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, we focus particularly on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding.

Our work includes:

- A comprehensive range of citizenship resources for a wide audience from teachers to young offenders.

- Nationwide and international training programmes.

- National active learning projects for secondary schools.

- Community projects to develop citizenship education as a collective responsibility.

- Research to advance our understanding of best practice in citizenship education.

2. Sponsorship of the National Youth Parliament Competition is part of Norwich Union’s responsible citizenship programme, which seeks to encourage individuals, business and Government not only to explore their rights but to take responsibility for their actions (www.aviva.com).

3. The National Youth Parliament Competition is open to teams of 11-18 year olds across the UK, whether as a school or youth group entry, or independently. The Holyrood model of the Competition was launched by George Reid MSP at the Scottish Parliament in October 2003. Scottish teams may choose to enter either the Holyrood or Westminster model (or both).

4. The National Youth Parliament Competition supports the Scottish Framework of Education for Citizenship and National Priority 4 (Values and Citizenship).

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