The National Youth Council joins in celebrating International Youth Day, which in 2017 is dedicated to "Youth Building Peace". As a council, we are celebrating the youth's role in conflict prevention and transformation, as well as their role in inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace. In this regard, KNZ shall be organising a nation-wide campaign on the topic of hate speech, in order to further educate both the nation's youths and the general public on the topic, whilst raising awareness and helping in the prevention of hate crime and hate speech.

On a national level, KNZ shall continue to insist that our youths should be granted the right to vote in all elections and referendums, a right which was unfortunately denied to them during the past spring hunting referendum and the past general election. Youths have a fundamental role to play in the democratic process, and such a re should not be limited to just local council elections, but should be extended to all general elections and referenda. A motion was already tabled before the country went to polls, and the council would like this motion debated in parliament and in order to allow youths to participate in the next MEP and general elections. Furthermore, we insist that civic education should be introduced to our curricula through formal and non-formal education.

Last but definitely not least, we would like to invite both youth and the general public to join us in the upcoming Technology and Innovation Fair, which shall take place on Sunday 20th August from 5pm onwards in Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta.

The National Youth Council together with its member organisations agree that the minimum wage should be increased. The increase in the minimum wage should be paid by the government for the first five years, so as not to negatively impact the employers until they adjust to the increase, the KNŻ and its member organisations have recommended. After the five years have elapsed, private business owners can provide the difference between the current wage and the increase.

The National Youth Council encourages unions, employers and the government to step up their efforts so as to reach an agreement on the amount by which the minimum wage should increase.

The National Youth Council and its member organisations are therefore joining the call which was put forward by other organisations, activists and political parties who have called on for an increase in the minimum wage so as to reflect today's needs and  ensure that everyone is paid an adequate amount for work performed.

KNŻ welcomes the vote taken tonight in parliament in favour of marriage equality. The Maltese Society has moved on to grant everyone equal rights before the law, which is beneficial to all members of our society irrespective of their gender and/or sexual orientation.

It is also in this spirit that KNŻ encourages the relevant authorities to keep educating our youths on the various realities of our society, and it is with such education that we can move forward, and become a truly inclusive society.

Il-ġimgħa l-oħra l-Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ sejjaħ laqgħa tal-Kumitat tal-Għaqdiet. Il-Kumitat tal-Għaqdiet isservi bħala spazju għall-għaqdiet tagħna biex jiġu flimkien, jiddiskutu u flimkien mal-Kunsill ikomplu jwettqu l-ħidma tagħhom għall-benefiċċju taż-żgħażagħ kollha li nirrapreżentaw.

Waqt din il-laqgħa xi wħud mill-membri tal-għaqdiet li huma membri fi ħdan il-Kunsill, qajmu l-punt dwar il-kundizzjonijiet fl-iskejjel tagħna. Bħala parti mid-deċiżjonijiet li ttieħdu f’dan il-kumitat, il-Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-żgħażagħ flimkien mal-għaqdiet li kienu preżenti għal din il-laqgħa qegħdin isejħu biex ikun hemm diskussjonijiet bejn il-gvern, l-MUT u anke mal-organiżazzjonijiet studenteski biex flimkien naslu għal soluzzjonijiet biex b’hekk il-kundizzjonijiet fl-iskejjel tagħna jitjiebu. Diskussjoni bħal din isservi biex issib dak li hu l-aħjar, kemm għall-għalliema kif ukoll għall-istudenti. B’hekk kulħadd iħossu rrappreżentat u parti mis-soluzzjonijiet li jinstabu.

The National Youth Council of Malta (KNZ) wishes to express its disappointment towards the fact that youths between the ages of 16 and 17 years of age would not be given the right to vote in this upcoming general election.

KNZ reignited the Vote 16 debate last September, where a motion was also tabled into parliament to attempt to give youths this right. The motion was publicly supported by all youth and student political organisations. (ADZ, FŻL, MZPN, Pulse u SDM).

It's high time our politicians showed true, tangible faith in our country's youth, instead of embellishing them with empty words.

The National Youth Parliament is an annual activity organised by the National Youth Council (KNZ). Year after year various youths have applied, came together and participated in this  activity which simulates the Maltese Parliament in its procedures and format.The aim of the National Youth Parliament is to bring youths together , where they would work in groups based on themes chosen by the National Youth Council. The participants are then to research, discuss, write a resolution and eventually debate their resolutions in a parliamentary session in which votes will be taken on their resolutions. Youths aged between 13 - 35 are divided into two groups, those aged between 13 - 18 years and those aged between 19 - 35 years old. The themes chosen for those aged between 13 - 18 years are the following; culture and innovation in Malta, Climate Change: Is there a solution? and Working Youths. Furthermore, the themes chosen for youths aged between 19 - 35 years are ; decentralisation and devolution of power in Gozo, migration and humanitarian protection, sexual health and reproductive rights in Malta.

Jasmine Farrugia, KNŻ’s National Officer, this morning in a press conference announced that the applications are now open. KNŻ shall be organising a number of events aimed at encouraging youths to participate in this year’s edition of the National Youth Parliament. This will include a number of workshops, information sessions and a live-in. This will be done to help the participants gain skills and confidence for the final session which will take place in parliament in September. The National Youth Council encourages all youths impassioned on an aforementioned topic to participate and contribute to the formulation of recommendations which will be later on presented to politicians and policy makers.

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