More than a quarter of a million young people voted in the Make Your Mark ballot to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should campaign throughout 2013.
This year has seen the highest ever turnout for a UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark ballot, with a record 253,637 votes counted at the most recent British Youth Council conventions (the charity that runs UKYP).
The four topics that received the most votes in the ballot – and went on to be debated my MYPs at the House of Commons in November 2012 – were:
- Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all
- Getting ready for work
- Marriage for all
- An equal National Minimum Wage for all
- A fifth topic, A curriculum to prepare us for life, was chosen directly by Members of the Youth Parliament.
2012′s UKYP House of Commons debate took place as part of Parliament Week, a week-long series of events aiming to get young people involved with Parliament and democracy in the UK.
A CURRICULUM FOR LIFE – UKYP’s PRIORITY CAMPAIGN FOR 2013
Should life skills be taught as part of the national curriculum? Is it the responsibility of the state to teach political knowledge, sex and relationships education and cultural awareness?
The answer from members of the Youth Parliament was a resounding “yes” when they chose ‘a curriculum to prepare us for life’ as their campaign issue for the coming year.
A curriculum for life received a massive 154 votes out of 295, more than double the number received for any other issue.