CPA Roadshows launched in Bangladesh to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy across the Commonwealth 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched an exciting initiative today that will visit schools and universities across the Commonwealth to help to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy. The new CPA Roadshows aim to strengthen Commonwealth Parliamentarians engagement with young people.

The CPA Roadshows were launched today by the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh, who hosted a group of over 150 young people from five different schools and colleges on a visit to the Parliament of Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP said: “I am delighted to launch the CPA Roadshows on behalf of the CPA today. Young people are the future of the Commonwealth and the CPA is working to give young people a platform to raise a range of issues that impact their lives. The CPA has a unique network of Parliamentarians from over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and the CPA Roadshows will engage young people in democracy.” To read the full speech click here.

The CPA Roadshows will provide an opportunity for young people to discuss the issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the wider Commonwealth. As the CPA approaches its 105th year, this initiative shows the enduring relevance of the CPA to introduce innovative new initiatives to strengthen democratic accountability and good governance.

During a recent survey of UK school children by the Commonwealth Exchange, only 23% of young people could correctly select three Commonwealth nations and nearly 50% said they had not learnt about the Commonwealth in school. (2015 survey report ‘Saved by the Bell’ by the Commonwealth Exchange). The CPA Roadshows will help to address the lack of awareness of young people about the Commonwealth.

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 will aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote democracy.

The CPA Roadshows will embark on visits to schools, colleges and universities across the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and any teachers interested in hosting a visit should contact their local CPA Branch or the CPA Secretariat for more information or email

Published Wednesday 2 March 2016.

Click here for images of the CPA Roadshows launch event.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth.

The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre.

For further information about the CPA, please contact:

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
CPA Secretariat, Westminster House,
Suite 700, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA,
United Kingdom
T: 44-20-7799-1460
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