- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Britain’s current political turmoil dominated the discussion, as Pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Aman debated ‘threats to democracy’ at the National Assembly for Wales.
The event (4 July) was sponsored by Labour’s Joyce Watson AM and organised by the Council for Education in World Citizenship, the schools arm of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
In a series of sessions, the Ammanford students shared the floor of Siambr Hywel, the Assembly’s former debating chamber, with pupils from Pontypool, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Blackwood and Cardiff.
Mrs Watson spoke with the young people about the fallout from the Brexit vote. The Mid and West AM commented:
“I have worked with Ysgol Dyffryn Aman on a number of political-engagement projects in recent years, through my work with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – it was a pleasure to welcome them again to the Assembly.
“Although I campaigned wholeheartedly for Britain to remain in the EU, I am optimistic about how the vote has invigorated public debate, especially among young people. Their passion and thoughtfulness is a much-needed antidote to some of the ugly and chaotic political forces in the world at the moment.”