First Minister quizzed in special Question Time
Young people were given a unique opportunity to quiz the First Minister, and have their voices heard by Scotland, in a special First Minister’s Question Time Next Generation, aired on STV’s Scotland Tonight in September 2018.
Launched as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to YoYP, more than 100 young people were given the opportunity to put their questions on Brexit, mental health services and care-experience, directly to Scotland’s top decision maker.
Over 60,000 tuned into the programme to see young people share their experiences of being young in Scotland, meaning voices and opinions were heard by older generations across the country. In order to empower all young people and show them they have the right to be heard, the programme was also screened in schools, youth and community groups throughout Scotland.
The project was designed by young people and run with children and young people’s charities Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.
Building on last year’s success, plans are underway to continue FMQT in 2019 as part of the legacy of YoYP.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:
“As a government, we are committed to ensuring that children and young people are at the heart of decisions that affect them, as set out in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“It states that when adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
“Year of Young People 2018 is a firm commitment we made to strengthen young people’s voices and create new opportunities for them to directly engage with decision makers.
“The decisions taken by government and other policy makers will have a profound impact on the lives of today’s young people and those in the future. That’s why it is vital that their voices are heard, and their views listened to. The FMQT event has demonstrated how we can empower them to have their say on the issues that matter, and how as a government we can learn from them.”