iDebate Rwanda is proudly represented in the 3rd CPA Africa Region Youth Parliament being by the National Assembly of Zambia from 24th to 28th August 2014 at the Parliament Buildings in Lusaka.
The CPA Africa Region is a grouping of eighteen (18) National Parliaments and forty-five (45) Provincial and State Legislatures in Commonwealth countries in Africa.
The Youth Parliament is being held under the theme: “Shaping the Future of Society by Empowering Young People through Youth Parliaments,” and is meant to provide a platform for the youth to exchange views through debate on issues affecting them. The topics to be discussed are as follows:-
(i) the Role of the Youth in Championing Gender Equality in Africa: Equal Opportunities Between Males and Females;
(ii) the Role of Entrepreneurship in solving Africa’s Unemployment Challenge and Boosting Africa’s Economy; and
(iii) how the Tourism Industry can Boost Africa’s Economy.
The Youth Parliament is a concept which has become a standard feature of parliaments in the Commonwealth and is intended to provide a platform for the young people to be heard on issues that affect their lives.
The (CPA) Africa Region Youth Parliament was initiated after a resolution that every country should institute a Youth Parliament to give a voice to young people. In this vein the CPA Africa Region Strategic Plan 2012 – 2015 makes provision for a Regional Youth Parliament to be held on an annual basis.
The right of young people to express themselves and to have their opinions heard is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Declaration and Plan of Action on Africa Fit for Children also affirms the right of youth and children to participate in national development. Therefore this event will present an opportunity for the youths to communicate with regional and national leaders from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on issues that affect them.
It is expected that the event will be graced by Hon. Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly, and President of the CPA Zambia Branch, the Chairperson and some members of the Committee on Youth and Sport, Hon Lindiwe Maseko, MP, (South African Parliament), Chairperson of the CPA Africa Region, Hon Chishimba Kambwili, MP, Minister of Youth and Sport, , the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Zambia, the CPA Regional Representative for Southern Africa from the Lesotho Senate as well as other invited dignitaries from the CPA Africa Region Secretariat.
Source: Zambian parliement Website