Moot Parliament Programme

WHAT IS MOOT PARLIAMENT PROGRAMME?

The Moot Parliament Programme is a year-long programme organised by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with expert-mentor volunteeers, trainers, evaluators and law students from NUS and SMU. The programmes aims to educate upper secondary Gifted Education/Integrated Programme pupils on the Singapore model of democratic government and parliament as a legislative institution, and to enhance their interest in parliamentary debates and legislation through developing their awareness of the democratic parliamentary process in action.

The project aims to instil a sense of ownership and ‘rootedness’ to Singapore amongst highly able teenagers through experiential learning, which takes the form of researching social and community issues, drafting legislation, and role-playing active leadership in moot parliament – all with the guidance of expert and student mentors.

Recent events that has been undertaken:

  • MPP Symposium where participants learn more about Singapore governance and the importance of active citizenry. They are also split into groups to learn about various community issues via presntations by student-mentors.

Events to come:

  • Bill writing workshop: Participants learn how to draft mock bills
  • Structures mentor-mentee meetings where participants consult their expert and student mentors for help in their research writing and debating progress.
  • Debates at Parliament House for the bills they propose

Moot Parliament Programme

 

WHAT TO EXPECT?

“I have learnt to be more empathetic towards the underprivileged individuals in our community. Through our research and interaction with them – their problems are no longer case studies on a textbook but rather, real life difficulties that many face on a daily basis. This has taught me to understand how privileged I am, and also to constantly question how I am able to offer help and support to the underprivileged in my community.” – Laura, Secondary 3 MPP 2015/16 Participant from Raffles Girls’ School

At the end of our last debate training, the nature of our conversation with the girls took a different turn at the end. The girls confided in us informally about the stress and pains they were going through in their lives. I personally felt that some of what they were going through was “not right”, but this was not something I could change for them, and all I could do was listen to them as a friend and encourage them to press on.In our interactions with these girls, I saw how there are many things in the world that are “not right”, and how most of these things cannot be made “right” instantly or at the same time. What I did see, however, was how the little we did, both as mentors and students, were a start. And for most things that are “not right” in this world, a start is what we sorely need. The girls eventually won best speaker and champion debate team.”– Daniel Foo (Y2), mentor and current head of MPP

Time Period and Commitment: Students mentors must commit to a time period from October to August. Key events within this time period include the introductory lecture, structured mentor-mentee meetings, and the eventual debates themselves, outside of which student mentors can meet and mentor their teams at their own discretion.