Posts Tagged ‘political awareness’

On Wednesday the Labour Party used what is known as an Opposition Day Debate to call upon the Governments decision to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance. The motion put forward for debate was “That this House believes that disadvantaged young people should gain greater access to further and higher education; recognises the valuable role that the education maintenance allowance (EMA) has played in supporting young people from less well-off backgrounds to participate and succeed in education; further recognises how EMA has supported choice for students in post-16 education, allowing them to travel to the best institution for their studies, which is of particular importance in rural areas; further notes that EMA is used by the majority of recipients to fund travel to college, as well as books and equipment, and allows recipients to focus on their studies rather than taking a part-time job; notes that EMA has been retained in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; further notes research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies stating that EMA costs are completely offset by its benefits in raising participation; further notes the inquiry into educational access announced by the Education Select Committee; and calls on the Government to rethink its decision on EMA, retaining practical support to improve access to, interest in and participation in further and higher education.”

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The Parliamentary Press Gallery writing competition is now open for entries for years 10-13 students.

This year they are asking young people to take the role of a party leader who has to email party supporters about their vision for the future or take the role as a political blogger, giving their views about a big political event. Each prize winner will be invited to spend a day in London where there will be an opportunity to meet leading journalists and politicians. The visit is likely to take place in February/March 2011 on a date to be confirmed.

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