Youth Day 2021

On Youth Day 2021, KNŻ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ reconfirming both organisations’ commitment to continue developing collaborative fora that enable youths to voice their thoughts, ideas and concerns with national and international stakeholders.
We look forward to keep working together for the benefit of all Maltese and Gozitan youth 🙌🏼

10 Anniversarju mit-Twaqqif tal-Aġenzija Żgħażagħ

F’avveniment kommemorattiv, giet mfakkra l-10 Anniversarju mit-Twaqqif tal-Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, kif wkoll, il-Jum Internazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ.

Apply to be a part of the Civic Education subcommittee!

Applications are open for all youth interested in contributing to national policy.
Deadline: 16th August 2021

‘Fact Check’ Campaign

As the conclusion of our ‘Fact Check’ Campaign, KNŻ together with The Third Eye visited Valetta to question passers-by on a number of quirky facts and conspiracy theories.
With the anti-vaccine protest at full swing at the time, the need for fact checking skills and the importance of reliable sources remains paramount.
We encourage all youths to remain vigilant both on and off the internet and to inform family and friends about fact checking skills.

Attention Gozitan Youth

❗️Attention Gozitan Youth❗️
Apply to be a part of the Gozo subcommittee!
Applications are open for all Gozitan youth interested in contributing to national policy.
Deadline: 1st of August 2021.

ENHANCE project

The ENHANCE project by The Malta Trust Foundation aims to provide opportunities to young people who may not have had the means to further their studies due to a socio-economic disadvantaged background. This project promotes and nurtures education as a catalyst in breaking cycles of poverty and disadvantage.
One of the continuous collaborations is that with Fondazione Terzo Pilastro -Internazionale and Luiss University in Rome. The current programme is offering three fully funded 3 year Bachelor Degree scholarships at Luiss University in, Management & Computer Science, Politics- Philosophy & Economics and Economics and Business.
The scholarship programmes are open to individuals holding refugee status or subsidiary protection and disadvantaged students, living in Malta or Gozo. We are hereby reaching out to you in view of any disadvantaged young people you may be aware of, that might benefit from this opportunity.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 19th July 2021.

National Youth Parliament

NYP gives the opportunity to youths aged between 13 – 35 to join themed ‘parties’ and draft their resolution, culminating in a session in parliament in which the motion is presented, debated and voted upon. The themes of this year’s seassion are: 

For under 16:
– Il-Kaċċa Sostenibbli u d-Drittijiet tal-Annimali
– L-Ispazzji Pubbliċi għall-Użu Rikreattiv

For over 17:
– Riforma Parlamentari: mill-Elezzjoni sal-Leġislatura
– Il-Knisja u l-Istat: Għandu jkun hemm Reliġjon Statali?
– L-Agrikoltura u s-Sigurtà tal-Ikel

Prior to the actual plenary in parliament, various workshops are organized by KNŻ to help participants develop their skills. Ultimately, the resolutions are presented to the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and the President.

Applications close on the 16th of July 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the date of the event is still tentative, updates will be communicated later on. 

Analysing Youth Perceptions on Housing

A Research Study on ‘Analysing Youth Perceptions on Housing’ commissioned in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. The key objectives were to gain insights on the challenges faced by youths in order to meet their housing needs, and understand the current housing arrangements

Low Carbon Development Strategy

KNŻ expresses its broad agreement with the overall aim of the LCDS (Low Carbon Development Strategy), that of a zero-carbon economy by 2050. KNŻ also recognizes that in outlining both mitigative and adaptive measures that are cross-sectoral in nature, the strategy can form a solid foundation for guiding climate action in the decades to come. 

However, KNŻ requests clarifications on aviation and shipping emissions as well as the point of reference ensuring the strategy’s implementation. Moreover, KNŻ is critical of the fact that although transport contributes significantly to Malta’s carbon footprint, no measures actually specifically target reducing the number of private internal combustion engine cars on the road. It is the view of KNŻ, that this lack of a disincentive, greatly risks making a key aspect of the LCDS ineffective. There must also be disincentives that push people away from relying solely on the private car, such as congestion charges, parking tolls, a carbon tax and high emission vehicle taxes.

L-episodju SĦIĦ

Is-Segretarju Ġenerali tagħna, Kristina Filletti, ġiet mistiedna tkun fuq il-podcast ‘Żgħażagħ’

00:00 – X’inhu l-irwol tal- KNŻ , u x’inhuma l-affarijiet li jaghmlu għaż-żgħażagħ?
01:00 – Għalxiex hawn bżonn il-KNŻ? 
03:35 – X’kien l-impatt tal-isforzi tagħkom matul is-snin (pereżempju l-impatt tal-Parlament Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ)? X’kienu r-riżultati?
10:10 – Jekk jien żagħżugħ u għandi ilment, idea jew proposta’, nista’ ngħaddiha lill-KNŻ? U jekk iva, xi jsir minnha?
14:42 – Kif żagħżugħ jew żagħżugħha jista’ jingħaqqad mal-eżekuttiv tal-KNŻ?
20:48 – X’inhuma l-prospetti ta’ KNŻ? X’ambizzjonijiet hemm lesti li jsiru?
24:35 – Ħsibijiet fuq l-attiviżmu u l-edukazzjoni f’Malta

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Your Democracy, Our Europe

On the 17th of June Our Advocacy Officer, Jacob Callus and Director for International Affairs were present at ‘Your Democracy, Our Europe’, an event by EPLO Valletta, in collaboration with EuroVoters. 

NYP Launch

During the NYP Launch, KNŻ President, Liam Axisa, spoke about the importance of the National Youth Parliament in giving youths a platform to raise their concerns and voice their opinions on various current matters. Director for Political Discourse, Martina Grech, went on to describe the topics that will be discussed during this year’s Parliamentary session.

Parliamentary Speaker Hon. Anġlu Farrugia, Hon. Clifton Grima, and Hon. Karl Gouder spoke of key proposals put forward over the years during the National Youth Parliament which were later implemented on a national level such as Vote 16 and the declaration of climate emergency.

KNŻ will continue working towards providing a platform for enhancing debates and discussions among youths and bringing their positions and opinions to the forefront of the national agenda.