Scottish Youth Parliament Shetland Candidate
My name is Barry Meheut and I'm almost 16 years old. My hobbies are football and rugby. I am very interested in Interna;onal and local poli;cs and issues. I came to sunny Shetland 11 years ago and I'm loving it! I a@end Anderson High School, where I am an ac;ve member in the school’s Student Representa;ve Council. I am also a member of Shetland Youth Voice and I also a@end the Parent Council Mee;ngs at the Anderson High School.
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Youth Manifesto ‘VOTE BARRY’ Local topic of importance
International topic of importance
One local topic that I think young people should have their say on, and their views and opinions listened to is the closure of the Shetland Coastguard sta;on. The Coastguard is a life saver for everyone in the Shetland Islands and to lose this would be a disaster for them and for everyone young and old! So if I was elected I would work hard at make sure that the future of our coastguard is safe for years to come. I would try to encourage young people that they can play a part in saving our Coastguard Sta;on.
A major issue that a lot of us here about is Child Poverty. A lot of Child Poverty happens in Africa where there isn't much money and where families live on less than $2 a day. Do you know that more than 50 percent of Africans suﬀer from water-‐related diseases such as cholera and also every year six million children die from malnutri;on before their ﬁYh birthday? (source: World Health Org.) If elected I would like to personally try to help the young people in Africa in some way, because they have a life to live. I feel we are very lucky to live in this country and I would like to help the children in African so they too can live a healthy and happy life like we do. If elected I would like to help other young people to get involved in this issue if they wanted to.
National topic of importance
A na;onal topic that a lot of young people have maybe heard of is the possibility of there being tui;on fees for Scotland's Universi;es. This could be a huge issue for you and maybe everyone in Scotland who is thinking about going to a University. If elected I would ﬁght my hardest to make sure that the voices of young people are heard and that our views are taken into account that we don't want tui;on fees in Scotland!
If I am elected for the Sco_sh Youth Parliament, I will try my hardest to achieve and do the things I said in this manifesto. Also I will always voice the opinions of young people if there is any concerns that ma@er to you or anyone about an issue in Shetland. Also I will work my hardest to achieve my goals and I hope that I will at some point get to voice your opinions or issues that you feel strongly about for Shetland.
Published on Feb 24, 2011