The event was well received by the students who attended the Summit and raised their questions directly to Virendra Sharma MP about the real impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their future. The students asked a wide variety of questions from the impact of the Coronavirus on jobs market, economy, recreation, health, citizenship, representation and environment. During the Summit, they created a 5-point manifesto for their assigned topic areas. (See below)
Speaking before the event the Ealing, Southall MP said:
“This is a particularly challenging time for our young people and it is crucial that young people have a say in policy making and contribute their ideas to shape their future. They have the energy, skills and ideas to improve society and our environment today.”
Virendra Sharma MP was joined on the call by Councillor Jasbir Anand, the Ealing Council Cabinet Member for Business and Community Services focusing on adult education, benefits, apprenticeships, skills and employment.
Speaking after the event, Councillor Jasbir Anand said:
“It was fantastic to listen to the young people of Ealing, Southall especially during this time. I like to thank Mr. Sharma for arranging this Summit. The students showed great enthusiasm in writing up their actions plans to shape a brighter future. I will be raising the actions discussed with young people directly with the Council. We want to continue this dialogue.”
Mr M. Benson, Assistant Head for Sixth Form said:
“Our A-level students are delighted to be taking part in the first Youth Summit held by Mr Virendra Sharma MP. Students at Villiers are committed to making a difference in our community and this summit is a great opportunity for students to discuss the nature of education during a pandemic, how society might look in the future and their own experiences of this time. We want to thank Mr Sharma for his engagement with the students at Villiers and for his continued support of all our young people in the community.”
Virendra Sharma MP has hopes to host follow up events with other groups of young people in the new school year. If your school or youth group in Ealing, Southall would be interested be taking part in a listening event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MP is also hosting a British South Asian Youth Summit in August, to bring young people from nine countries together to agree shared goals around issues such as strengthening democratic institutions and decolonising education.