Day 1 of #SYP64
Written by James Thomson:
The Scottish Youth Parliament was hosted by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh, yesterday for the 64th National SYP Sitting. It was an interesting day full of discussions, debates and workshops. In the morning, we had opening speeches from Ken Macintosh, Amy Lee Fraioli (SYP Chair) and a great keynote speech from Bruce Adamson, who is the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland!
Workshops and committee sessions took place in the afternoon, with some SYP subject committees having the ability to meet with their Scottish Parliament counterparts – very exciting! The workshop I was invited along to was about immigration, and we discussed various questions around the impact that migration has on Scotland. The committee session I was invited to was a joint session between SYP’s Social Security and Sports and Leisure committees, with some Scottish Parliament officials invited along to ask questions such as how the Scottish Parliament can best engage with young people and how they can help young people to best understand their rights.
Of course, there is no such thing as a national event without technical difficulties! The voting pads used by MSYPs stopped working half way through the motion debates meaning that the SYP staff had to count the votes by show of hands. We’ll post the motion results tomorrow evening – although they can be found in the meantime on Twitter using the #SYP64 hashtag!
Our own Ross Hutton was proud to speak out against cuts to local authority funding:
Video to follow soon!