“To call for the Scottish Government and local authorities to take a Human Rights Based Approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Every year, the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) delivers a national campaign which focuses on a major issue affecting young people in Scotland. SYP’s campaigns are normally selected from our youth manifesto, shortlisted by the Conveners Group, and selected by MSYPs at the June Sitting. However, due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Board and Conveners group agreed to make some changes to SYP’s 2020-21 National Campaign. Instead of selecting a new campaign topic from our Lead the Way manifesto, we agreed to focus our next campaign exclusively on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
The campaign will use evidence from LockdownLowdown, our manifesto research, and committee motions from SYP72. It will be member-led, focusing on grassroots actions, empowering MSYPs to advocate for their constituents as Scotland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the global pandemic began in early 2020, the impact has been felt in all areas of young people’s lives across Scotland. A literature review of the vast amounts of research produced by SYP and external organisations in the period from March to August 2020 highlighted six main issues. These are:
Access to rights.
Mental health and wellbeing.
Poverty and digital inclusion / exclusion.
Environment and public transport.
Education and employment.