The voice of our young people is essential to democracy – McCann
Young people taking an active role in democracy and dialogue bodes well for our new shared future.
That was the message from Junior Minister Jennifer McCann who today attended the Youth Forum’s Congress in Parliament Buildings.
Issues raised and debated included the need to promote youth participation in politics, the impact of sectarianism and racism, and the importance of child and adolescent mental health services.
Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said:“The voices of all our young people must not only be heard but listened to and we should embrace and encourage political awareness and activity.
“The issues raised were wide ranging and all were given due respect and sensitivity regardless of individual personal views. Children and young people in our society are central to everything we do, and we must support every child regardless of their background to ensure they have the opportunity to choose their own future.
“The lively debate and dialogue which was evident at the Youth Congress reinforces we have a new generation who are keen to make a positive difference not only to their lives but to the lives of others. I commend everyone involved and look forward to welcoming many of them back to Parliament Buildings in the future should they decide to pursue a career in politics.”
The Congress attended by over 100 young people was Chaired by the Speaker of the Assembly Mitchell McLaughlin MLA.