FMQT Next Generation
Children and young people across Scotland have had the opportunity to question the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, as part of a series of events that give children and young people a voice in politics and the ability to ask the First Minister questions on topics that are important to them.
In 2018, 100 children and young people attended the first FMQT Next Generation, where young people were able to put their questions to the First Minister, covering topics such as mental health, education and youth homelessness, as well as less serious questions like her thoughts on the new Irn Bru recipe.
In 2019, the event returned to Edinburgh, where once again children and young people question the First Minister. Topics covered this time included climate change, mental health, Brexit, Independence and free school meals.
What is FMQT Next Generation?
Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland are working in partnership to deliver First Minister’s Question Time (FMQT) Next Generation, giving children and young people the opportunity to question the First Minister in person, ensuring that the voices of children and young people are heard in Scottish politics.
The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of the Year of Young People, builds on work both ourselves and Children in Scotland are currently undertaking to promote the participation of children and young people in civic society.
We hope that FMQT Next Generation will provide a platform for young people to not only have their views heard but also acted upon. The project plays an important role in creating opportunities for children and young people to have a meaningful say about how Scotland is run, particularly for those too young to vote or who do not have opportunities to have their voices heard otherwise.
FMQT Next Generation supports the realisation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCR) by prioritising children and young people’s participation in matters affecting them.