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Successful first six months for Hampshire members of UK Youth Parliament

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hampshire's four Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and four deputy MYPs have been engaging their local politicians and constituents in a range of initiatives which include support groups for young people experiencing bullying; anti-drugs campaigns; and research into improved public transport access for young people.

The Hampshire MYPs met recently with Hampshire County Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services Councillor Keith Mans, and Executive Member for Education Councillor Peter Edgar, to report on a successful first six months in office.

Sam Longmore, MYP for Test Valley and New Forest, highlighted his success enlisting The Mountbatten School, Romsey in Curriculum for Life. The national campaign, led by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP), calls for a youth-led review of the current curriculum to place higher importance on subjects which young people feel will 'prepare them for life' by supporting both their personal and educational development. The UKYP's proposal includes a review of the current delivery of Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) to develop a new curriculum including studies in politics, finance skills, cultural awareness, community cohesion and sustainable living, alongside the existing Sex and Relationships Education and Citizenship.

Sam campaigned by delivering a series of assemblies and meeting with the Senior Management Team at The Mountbatten School, which has now agreed to deliver all aspects of Curriculum for Life as part of dedicated Personal Development days.

Speaking about the Hampshire MYPs first six months in office, Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, said "It is very encouraging to see Hampshire's young people actively involved in local politics, initiating campaigns which will support their peers in both educational and social environments. In particular the advancement of Curriculum for Life, a campaign voted for and led by young people, will provide fundamental life skills to assist school leavers in their personal and vocational development. The achievements of the eight MYPs during their first six months in office are testament to their dedication and enthusiasm in promoting positive change, and I look forward to supporting them as they continue in these important roles."

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