Visit to Malta 2016
Sherborne Douzelage sponsored six students and their leaders, Marcus Ainley and Mike Balfour, to join other students from Douzelage partner towns, Koszeg (Hungary), Chojna (Poland) and Sigulda (Latvia).
They all joined Marsaskala (Malta) at a seminar in Malta. The invitation to visit Malta came from Ryan Portelli, who wrote the project. Mario Calleja, the Mayor of Marsaskala and his wife Grace organised and hosted everyone (about 35 in total) for the weekend.
The seminar took place in Marsaskala, a seaside village in the south eastern region of Malta and was entitled “For a better Democracy and Youth’s Role in Politics”. Various discussions, based on research, were held in the respective countries.
Around 70 people took part in the local exercise. Maltese youths got to know their European counterparts perception of their involvement in politics. Representatives of two of the participating countries said they did not have a student council at primary and secondary school level and youth political structures were weak and unappealing, making it harder for them to get involved.
On the other hand, foreign participants said politicians and the locals gave great importance to the environment, an issue the Maltese participants agreed they should work harder at.
Delegates agreed that the two most important issues were education and employment, saying there should be more educational structures in the field of politics.
Youths and politics were also discussed during a presentation by Youth Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius.
The delegates attended a discussion at the Mqabba Band Club, and saw a Palm Sunday Procession along the quayside of Marsaskala, as well as trips across the island, including walking tours of Valetta and Mdina.
The seminar was organised with the co-operation of Erasmus+ and Eupa and Meusac.