Young parliamentarians

Two senior pupils from Lasswade High in Midlothian stressed the importance of student councils and the Scottish Youth Parliament in encouraging young people to become involved in influencing policy.

Christopher Hendry, aged 18, a member of the youth parliament, said that student councils in schools were crucial. "Having been a member of my own student council since second year, I have seen many examples of how consultation with young people can lead to positive initiatives being introduced into the school system."

Rajiv Subhash Joshi, aged 18, an executive member of the parliament, said:

"Scotland is still behind other parts of Europe. In France, for example, there are youth information centres where young people can go to learn about a number of issues which are not taught in schools."

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