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A New Era For Open Discussion? Maltese Student Creates An Idea-Sharing Forum For Young People

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Politicians speaking about youths often throw out lines that sound something like ‘they are our future, but also our present.’ Although young people are an important factor in the drive for a better society, the apathy of young people has been continuously been pointed out. In spite of the fact that Maltese youths have been quite inactive in society, especially in the political sector, Bradley Cachia hopes that this could be turned around.

Two days ago, Bradley decided to create a forum called Grupp Studenti Maltin. The group has already gathered over 200 members in less than two days.

Speaking to Lovin Malta about what motivated him, Cachia said that “After seeing what happened with regards to the latest Matriculation Certificate reform, from what the public knows, was not discussed with students before being published for public consultation.”

“Education and student participation are very important to me. I wanted to give students a space where they could talk about these issues with fellow students.”

Cachia considers this an experiment, saying that he believes that “if one person begins the discussion, a domino effect will occur by which students will start discussions themselves.” He continued, saying that “there are already members in the group who do not refrain from speaking about current affairs, I think this domino effect will happen.”

 “If students do not post or comment, at least they will be spectators and will inform themselves on what is going on.”

Asked about the discussion about politics in the forum, he said that “political discussion is accepted as long as no hate speech is said.” Cachia concluded with a note about the merits of discussion, adding that “the important thing is that this is done in a civil manner.”

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