Young people insist on being heard!
Each year, the crew behind Hacio (a current affairs program for young people) come along to the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to film their special program, Hacio’n Holi, and then to conduct a debate with some Assembly Members in Siambr Hywel (the debating chamber for young people). On the first day in the Senedd, the young people quizzed the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, along with the President of the WRU and the North Wales Police Commissioner, on a host of issues, including the Welsh language, young people and politics and education.
On the second day (Tuesday), it was great to hear Elin Jones AM, the Presiding Officer, talk about the work that the Assembly is doing with young people. Commenting on the future, she stated her intention to establish a Youth Parliament, along with her commitment to strengthen the Assembly’s engagement with young people in Wales and beyond.
We had an event to remember in the company of seven secondary schools from all over Wales—an important event where young people had an opportunity to air their opinions about current affairs that affect them. Who says young people have no interest in politics, or opinions to contribute? The debating chamber was buzzing as the youngsters questioned the Members. Rhun ap Iorwerth AM and Suzy Davies AM joined the young people to discuss Brexit and the use of social media.
Siôn Jenkins, the presenter of Hacio, was responsible for chairing the meeting. He stressed how important it is that young people have a say on political issues here in Wales and beyond. I agree! This is my message to everyone: use your right to express opinions on issues that matter to you, and take advantage of the opportunities that are available in your communities and in the Assembly to have your say!
You can watch Hacio’n Holi online at S4C Clic. For more information or to discuss how you can express an opinion to the Assembly, please contact the Education and Youth Engagement team (details below).
Remember that you have the right to express an opinion!