Fine Gael senator and Seanad spokesperson on Education Jim D’arcy is encouraging transition year students to take part in Seanad Éireann’s Young Senator Student Challenge before the closing date for entries later this month.
The project aims to encourage students to broaden their knowledge of the the Oireachtas.
“The Young Senator Challenge is an exciting project that aims to get students more involved in the political process,” senator D’Arcy said.
“There is often a view that a divide exists between the parliament and the real world. This challenge bridges that gap by getting transition year students to think about how they would address the Seanad.
“Students can choose to either write an essay or compile a video of a speech they would give to the Seanad on one of two topics; Do you think the Leaving Certificate prepares you for life?
“Or the challenges that face Ireland and does my future lie here?”
The essays should be between 500 and 750 words, while videos must be between one-and-a-half and two minutes.
A shortlist of students will be chosen to attend the Seanad in the spring, giving them a great opportunity to see and experience how the Upper House operates first hand. “Young people have a huge amount to offer the political system,” Senator D’Arcy said, “and I believe it is vital that as politicians we encourage them to share their views. With this challenge, students have the opportunity to tell senators how they feel about their prospects for their future. I have no doubt that we can learn a lot from their insight, energy and enthusiasm.
The closing date for entries is Friday 25 January.