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Bermuda’s Youth Parliament officially reconvened in a ceremony yesterday with a guest speech by Premier Paula Cox.

Youth Premier Ryan Robinson said that the Youth Parliament has already debated controversial issues such as capital punishment and the legalisation of marijuana this year, and would continue to examine issues that affect the Island’s young people.

Some of the future debate topics include gang violence, education, employment, increasing sexual activity among young people and the environment.

“It’s the young people who live with the consequences of the actions of today,” the Berkeley Institute student said.

He also explained that this year, the Ministries in the Youth Parliament will not mirror those in the real Parliament, but would instead be organised around the issues that affect Bermuda’s Youth.

Forty-one students from nine schools are represented in this year’s Youth Parliament, which was praised for it’s diversity by Mrs Cox.

Addressing the Parliament, Mrs Cox stressed the important role that the group play in representing the Island’s youth. She advised them to reach out to those who need help in their communities, and become their spokespeople.

“What we have heard today and what I have seen, the level of decorum, thoughtfulness and social consciousness, that is what is going to change Bermuda and take it to the next level, the next level and the next level,” she said.

The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. The Premier, Paula Cox, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. The Premier, Paula Cox, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. The Premier, Paula Cox, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. Kim Swan was at the ceremon. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. The Premier, Paula Cox, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. Youth Premier Rayn Robinson speaks to the House of Assembly during yesterday's ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. The Premier, Paula Cox, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons) November 17,2011
The Youth Parliament of Bermuda held its 'Reconvening of Youth Parliament' ceremony yesterday at the House of Assembly. Sergeant at Arms Fabio Pacheco approaches the Speaker of the House Nicole Wilson at the beginning of the ceremony. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published November 18, 2011 at 8:41 am (Updated November 18, 2011 at 8:41 am)

Premier attends sitting of Youth Parliament

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