Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) visits CPA Northern Ireland Branch and delivers CPA Roadshows to young people at two schools

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Northern Ireland Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Chair of the Northern Ireland CPA Branch, Northern Ireland Assembly.

The CPA Secretary-General visited two local schools in Northern Ireland - Lurgan College and Dromore Central Primary School - as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of the Commonwealth schools and universities.

The Secretary-General was accompanied by Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Chair of the Northern Ireland CPA Branch, Northern Ireland Assembly to Lurgan College and by Brenda Hale MLA, Member of the CPA Northern Ireland Executive Committee on the visit to Dromore Central Primary School.

The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the CPA.

With the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries having a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age, the CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote parliamentary democracy and participation in political life.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “As the CPA approaches its 105th year, we are very excited about bringing the CPA Roadshow to Northern Ireland for the first time and to engage with local students on the values that unite the Commonwealth. I am delighted to visit the Northern Ireland Branch of the CPA and to talk about the important and innovative work they are undertaking to enhance the functioning of the Assembly and to empower Assembly Members to be more effective in their work. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Jo-Anne Dobson MLA for her invitation to visit the Branch and further strengthen relations between the CPA and the Assembly.”

Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, CPA Chair, Northern Ireland Branch at the Northern Ireland Assembly said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan to the Northern Ireland Assembly today. It’s also significant that during his two day visit he is taking the time to bring the CPA Roadshows to local schools across Northern Ireland and to meet with pupils, teachers as well as Northern Ireland Assembly Members.”

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