Youth parliament discusses COVID-19

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Members of the National Youth Parliament convened a special session on Thursday to discuss, primarily, issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sixteen members of the parliament met in the session where the proposed bill, an Act to provide for the Government to bear the Cost of the Vaccine when it becomes available, was debated.

The activity formed part of the independence celebrations and Youth Day activities.

“Ordinarily this Youth Parliament would have taken place during Youth Week in September, but due to covid and the opening of school we had to delay until Independence when the schools are on mid-term break. Several public and private secondary schools across Antigua and Barbuda were represented,” Trainer and Mentor to the programme, Senator Shenella Govia stated.

During the session, the participants assumed Cabinet portfolios and were addressed as “Honourable Ministers’. The Speaker of the House was Lasheka Hodge, who was Antigua and Barbuda’s representative at the ParlAmerican Youth Party in Trinidad last year. 

Serving as Clerk of Parliament was Deborah Ryan, who is also a former youth parliamentarian. 

From this session, two persons will be selected to be the country’s next representatives at the upcoming ParlAmerican Youth Parliament in Tortola.

Coordinator of the Youth Parliament is Youth Coordinator in the Department of Youth Affairs, Rushell Ellis. 

There were no representatives from Barbuda due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.