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VI Youth Parliament relaunching Tue, Oct 20, 2020

-HoA Speaker Hon Willock says programme is step towards building democracy
The Virgin Islands Youth Parliament (VIYP) will be re-launched on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, under the ambit of the House of Assembly (HoA) in keeping with the Commonwealth Parliament best practices. Photo: GIS/File
Both Premier Andrew A. Fahie and HoA Speaker, Hon Julian Willock believes that the Youth Parliament is a step on the right direction for the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Both Premier Andrew A. Fahie and HoA Speaker, Hon Julian Willock believes that the Youth Parliament is a step on the right direction for the VI. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands Youth Parliament (VIYP) will be re-launched on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, under the ambit of the House of Assembly (HoA) in keeping with the Commonwealth Parliament best practices.

This is according to a release from the Government Information Service (GIS) which states that House Speaker, Hon Julian Willock said he was very excited about the re-launch of the programme, calling it one that will build VI's young democracy.

“The Virgin Islands Youth Parliament will allow young people to participate in local, regional and international debates on issues facing our societies, and our Youth Parliamentarians will also focus on youth governance in the Territory and bring youth awareness, education and training,” Hon Willock said.

Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie had stated earlier in the year that he believes the Youth Parliament will help build a strong and secure Territory in years to come.

Youths will get opportunity to diversify skills – Hon Fahie

“Youth Parliament like others in the region and the Commonwealth will enable young people across the Territory to diversify their skills, be grounded in civic consciousness, national identity and play their roles as the next generation of leaders and visionaries,” he said.

One of the members of the soon-to-be-launched Youth Parliament, Mr Kevin Fahie spoke on behalf of the other young parliamentarians, “We are very enthusiastic about this launch,” he said, adding, “We are ready to partner with each other and with our local legislators as we strive to make an impact in our community.”

Workshops were held March, April and June for potential members and focused on topics including the History of the Legislative Chamber/Council of the BVI; the Role of the Legislative Branch; the Role of the Speaker; the House of Assembly; Standing Orders; and the Constitution.

The re-launching ceremony of the Virgin Islands Youth Parliament will be held at the H.L. Stoutt Community College, in the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

8 Responses to “VI Youth Parliament relaunching Tue, Oct 20, 2020”

  • jack (17/10/2020, 15:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s about time
  • Just Me (17/10/2020, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    it will be nice if the government can give these youth some money to help with getting some of the things they need things are hard with the parents right now .
  • asking for a friend (17/10/2020, 16:23) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope it’s not you all trying to build a class system

    Who are the members? and is there anyone from the sister Islands or down island?
    • Local (17/10/2020, 17:55) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Why do we always have to include the term ‘down island?’ I am sick of the division. Stop perpetuating hate. Encourage unity. Let’s move on.
  • CLAP CLAP CLAP (17/10/2020, 17:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a good thing congratulations to all members

    Myrun had it as his political football but the premier placed it where it belonged
  • Windy (18/10/2020, 05:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We look forward to this! Lets go young people
  • disappointed (18/10/2020, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    regarding the ssb taxation on expat I believe the gov need to categorize those who pay cause some people will not work the length of time in which to benefit from the ssb and I believe it's unfair to make those who will not benefit to pay


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