Gwelup youth uses Youth Parliament to push for equal education

YMCA WA's 2018 Youth Parliament involved 59 young people.
YMCA WA's 2018 Youth Parliament involved 59 young people.

GWELUP’S Amy Hearder is trying to make a difference in children’s education.

Amy Hearder, of Gwelup, took part in the 2018 Youth Parliament.

The 19-year-old worked on a school funding bill at last week’s Youth Parliament camp, which will be presented to the Premier and Perth City Council.

“The schools funding bill was about redistributing funding public and private schools to make sure everyone had a lot more of an equal education,” she said.

“Every kid deserves to have a good quality education and it completely unfair that that it isn’t the case already.”

Ms Hearder was one of nearly 60 youths who participated in YMCA WA’s annual event, which encourages young people to contribute to policies affecting them.

She said researching and learning about the current different funding models was difficult but interesting.

YMCA WA mentoring manager Tim Galloway said all bills passed were presented to State Government and Opposition members.

“It is hugely empowering for our participants that their voices are heard long after their time in Parliament House,” he said.

“The outcomes of the young people’s bills are forwarded on to relevant ministers and community service organisations at the completion of the camp, creating an on-going dialogue with young people at the centre.”

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