Focus on increasing young people’s political participation in Jersey at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow   

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme to Jersey for the second time with the CPA Roadshows for young people visiting two schools in the Channel Islands. The CPA Roadshows highlight the importance of encouraging youth engagement in the political process and the sharing of Commonwealth political values, especially with the 60% of the 2.4 billion population of the Commonwealth who are aged under 30. The CPA Roadshows also provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the 2018 Commonwealth Summit due to be held in the UK in April 2018 on the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan held engaging CPA Roadshow sessions at Jersey College for Girls and at Hautlieu School with GCSE and A-Level geography and psychology students. 

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 find out about the work of the CPA through their questions at the sessions. 

The CPA Secretary-General said: “I am delighted to return with the CPA Roadshow to Jersey for the second time to engage with local students on the values that unite the Commonwealth. The CPA’s public engagement work across the Commonwealth and engaging young people in the democratic process by discussing the importance of the Commonwealth are key objectives of the CPA and our visit to Jersey has emphasised this. 

The CPA is the only Commonwealth body that works to strengthen the assemblies and legislatures in the Crown dependencies such as the States Assembly in Jersey as well as national, state and provincial legislatures. The relationship between Jersey and the CPA is therefore key to providing a platform to develop good parliamentary practice and to share good practice with other similar legislatures across the Commonwealth.”

The CPA Secretary-General also visited the States Assembly of Jersey to meet with Members and held bilateral meetings with the Deputy Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq QC and the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton.

For information about the CPA Roadshows for young people click here to find out more.

For images of the CPA Roadshow in Jersey please click here.

Published Thursday 28 September 2017.


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 106th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 

The CPA represents more than 180 Parliaments and Legislatures in 52 Commonwealth countries and its network extends to over 17,000 Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff. The CPA is the only Commonwealth organisation to represent national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments and Legislatures. There are nine Regions of the CPA: Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; South-East Asia. Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in Branches and Regions promote gender participation in Parliaments and CPA Small Branches represent more than 30 jurisdictions with populations of up to 500,000 people. 

Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities including: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences and CPA Regional Conferences; a wide range of Parliamentary strengthening and Public Outreach Programmes; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; and Communications and Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments. 

For further information about the CPA, please contact: 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
CPA Secretariat, Westminster House, 
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United Kingdom 
T: 44-20-7799-1460 
F: 44-20-7222-6073 
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