The Malta Independent 29 May 2024, Wednesday
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Youths urged to 'fight for what is right' in this year’s National Youth Parliament

Monday, 18 September 2023, 16:54 Last update: about 9 months ago

Young participants at the 2023 National Youth Parliament were urged by Deputy Speaker David Agius to "fight for what is right" and remain determined in their political work.

On Monday, Agius led the National Youth Parliament 2023 which was organized by the Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ (KNŻ), in conjunction with the Parliament of Malta.

The activity serves for youth to gain experience in their lives with a commitment to improving the social, cultural, economic, and political situation in the country. They also engage in raising the standard of living for the Maltese and Gozitan people.

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A statement released by the Speaker's Office said that in a democracy, the National Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young individuals to learn the art of persuasion, as they seek to convince others in the common and national interest, playing a vital role in public life.

Agius spoke about the importance that every person involved in public life recognizes and appreciates their duty towards others and the common good.

"It's not just about me, but about us... what are our real needs and those of each and every one of us?" Agius said.

He said that in society, many individuals have fallen behind, and these people need assistance. "Over time, Maltese and Gozitan political leaders have recognized this and have taken several measures to help those who truly require it," Agius said.

Agius encouraged the youth to be determined and to "fight for what is right," in their line of work, and every time they encounter obstacles, he encouraged them to "persist and continue [their] work for the greater good, with even more determination."

He said that those who genuinely love politics need to love their neighbour, especially the vulnerable in society, including the youth who have fallen victim to drugs. Agius said that they must consider how, as a society, they can implement more prevention programs.

Agius said that within the geopolitical context, Malta is a partner in the European Union, and young people should continue to engage to strengthen the European family in an ever-changing international landscape.

He encouraged all young people to express their interests and participate in various aspects of life.

During the National Youth Parliament, participants discussed two motions: The Regulation of Prostitution in Malta and Media Freedom and Political Polarization in Local Media.

Participants at the National Youth Parliament included PN MP Bernice Bonello, Labour Parliamentary Secretary Chris Bonett, PN MP Darren Carabott, and PL MP Randolph Debattista.

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