CPA Roadshow visits St Thomas More High School in Southend, United Kingdom

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, Mr Akbar Khan, CPA Secretary-General and Ms Meenakshi Dhar, CPA Director of Programmes have visited the St Thomas More High School as part of the CPA Roadshows touring the Commonwealth to help to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy. They spoke to some of the 6th Form students from St Thomas More High School and Westcliff High 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 52 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 engage with young people and education establishments to promote democracy.

Upon the conclusion of the Roadshow, the students said that the Roadshow helped them understand the importance of the Commonwealth in speaking out for smaller states, its significance in combating climate change and its pivotal role in opposing the apartheid regime of South Africa. Other topics discussed included the challenges facing the Commonwealth in the 21st century and women empowerment.

Sir David Amess MP said that the roadshow had been a tremendous success. He stressed that the event provided a wonderful opportunity to engage with young people to talk about the relevance of the Commonwealth and to ensure the Commonwealth continues to tap into its fullest potential for the benefit of future generations.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. 
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Published on 13 January 2017.