Schools of Faro, Quarteira and Vilamoura win district session of the Youth Parliament

The Pinheiro and Rosa Secondary Schools, from Faro, Dr. Laura Ayres, from Quarteira, and the International College of Vilamoura won […]

The Pinheiro and Rosa Secondary Schools, from Faro, Drª Laura Ayres, from Quarteira, and the International College of Vilamoura won the district session of the Youth Parliament, in the regional final that took place on March 6, at the headquarters of the Algarve Regional Directorate for Sport and Youth (IPDJ), in Faro.

The approximately 70 young deputies elected to the District Session represented 15 schools in the district: International College of Vilamoura, Basic and Secondary School of Albufeira, Nobel International School Algarve, of Lagoa, Vocational School Cândido Guerreiro, of Alte (Loulé), Vocational School D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar, of Faro, Loulé Secondary School, Vila Real de Santo António Secondary School, Dr. Francisco Fernandes Lopes School, Olhão, Dr. Jorge Augusto Correia Secondary School, Tavira, Drª Laura Ayres Secondary School, Quarteira, João de Deus Secondary School, in Faro, Manuel Teixeira Gomes Secondary School, in Portimão, Padre António Martins de Oliveira Secondary School, in Lagoa, Pinheiro e Rosa Secondary School, in Faro, Tomás Cabreira Secondary School, from Faro.

The young deputies debated the theme chosen by the Assembly of the Republic, for this year's edition of the programme, “Gender Equality – A Debate for All”, having approved a set of measures that the young people of the Algarve propose to be taken into consideration by Parliament.

«Once again, young people from the Algarve have shown a great capacity for intervention, reflection and a critical spirit in defending their ideas, already denoting an appreciable maturity», stresses the IPDJ.

The District Session, which was attended by the regional director of the Algarve of the IPDJ, Custódio Moreno, the president of the Municipal Council of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau, the president of CCDR Algarve, Francisco Serra and the representative of the Regional Education Services Directorate of the Algarve, Laureta Bastos, also had the participation of the deputy of the Assembly of the Republic António Eusébio, who, at the beginning of the session , answered questions posed by young MPs about the powers and functioning of the Parliament.

The National Session of this program will take place on 14 and 15 May, at the Assembly of the Republic, and the Algarve will be represented by elected deputies Sofia Solayman and Nicole Paz, from Escola Secundária Pinheiro e Rosa, João Pedro Gonçalves and Edgar Guerreiro do Carmo, of the Secondary Drª Laura Ayres, and also Rodrigo Faria (spokesperson for the district of Faro) and Maria Papa, from the International College of Vilamoura.

The “Youth Parliament” is an initiative of the Assembly of the Republic, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, whose main objective is to encourage the interest of young people in civic and political participation.