The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly hosted its 2nd Parliamentary Youth Programme from October 20-22, 2014.
The Programme was organised to enhance continued connection and engagement between the Youth and the Parliament that represents them. It provided an opportunity for the young people to experience the procedures for parliamentary democracy, understand how a parliamentary system functions, as well as to observe the support services provided by the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly for Parliament.
Speaking at the opening of the three day Programme, Honourable La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, Speaker of the Parliament of Samoa, told the participants that as leaders of tomorrow, it was imperative for the Parliamentary leaders of today, to prepare future leaders well.
“Samoa desires to see young leaders who have the courage and zeal to lead this nation forward when our time passes, leaders who can stand for the principles of good governance in spite of the current development challenges. We need Leaders who can be called upon to deliver the needs of citizens and contribute well to the transformational changes in the livelihoods of our Samoa.
We are grateful to the government of Australia and UNDP for the support provided for Parliament’s on-going public engagement initiatives. The Government of Samoa will continue to maintain these good will relationships with Donor agencies in our collective endeavour to achieve shared visions of strengthening our parliamentary systems and grooming our youth to become leaders of tomorrow.”
Set activities of the 2014 Youth Programme included observation of the October Parliamentary sitting, special Remarks from prominent leaders of Parliament, presentations from senior Staff of the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and organised tours of Parliament precincts and OCLA Office. Key highlights of the 2014 Youth Programme included preparation and scrutiny of Committee Submissions and the Mock Parliament whereby participants found themselves immersed in the legislative role of Parliamentarians during Committee Meetings as well as the mock Parliamentary sitting.
Committee Submissions and the Mock Parliament activities will form part of the Parliamentary Youth Programme annually.