Annual Youth Parliament Kicks Off
The annual Youth Parliament kicked off yesterday, Tuesday March 11th at the House of Parliament on Victoria Street in Roseau.
The activity, which was organized by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Alix Boyd-Knights, saw the participation of several secondary schools on the Island, in addition to students of the Dominica State College.
Education Minister, Honourable Petter St. Jean commended the event organisers for putting the activity together.
“I think it speaks volumes of the Parliament of Dominica to the extent that this activity here this afternoon is indeed preparing the next generation of parliamentarians”, he stated.
Ms. Chelsea Lawrence, a student at the North East Comprehensive School, who played the role of the Minister of Health at the Parliament on Tuesday, emerged best overall performer.
Ms. Lawrence presented to the House the annual report of the Dominica Social Security for the year ended June 30, 2013.
The best role player award went to Anya Toussaint of the Dominica State College, who played the role of the Speaker of the House.
The awardees on the Government side included; Chelsea Lawrence for best speaker, Stephanie Pascal of the Convent High School for second best speaker and thirdly, Almira Lewis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School.
Awardees on the Opposition side were; best speaker Keanu Wilson of the St. Mary’s Academy, second best speaker, Ayanna Honoure of the St. John’s Academy and third best speaker Jessica Prevost of the Castle Bruce Secondary School.
The major highlight of the Youth Parliamentary session however, was a debate on the motion by the Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports for the development of a comprehensive sports programme for schools.
The judges included Mr. Ian Jackson and former government minister during the Dominica Freedom Party administration Mr. Rupert Sorhaindo.