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20 January, 2003

Youth Parliament Competition Renewed

The Citizenship Foundation and Norwich Union are delighted to announce their new partnership in the National Youth Parliament Competition.

With a decade-long track record, the Youth Parliament 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. The Youth Parliament Competition will re-launch next summer for the academic year 20034, incorporating exciting new elements and complementary activities to encourage young people's political engagement. Norwich Union will also separately support the Citizenship Foundation in the development of a citizenship training package for secondary teachers. Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education, says: '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. Nick Pierson, Head of Public Affairs at Norwich Union says: '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.' Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation says: 'The Youth Parliament Competition is an example of citizenship education at its best: active, empowering and relevant. Our new partnership with Norwich Union ensures that it will continue to go from strength to strength.' Share

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