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 volunteers, trainers, evaluators and law students from NUS and SMU. The programme aims to educate upper secondary Gifted Education/Integrated Programme pupils on the Singaporean model of democratic government, and Parliament as a legislative institution. It also aims to enhance their interest in Parliamentary debates and legislation through building their knowledge 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 have been undertaken (October 2016-May2017):

  • MPP Symposium where participants learn more about Singapore’s governance, and the importance of active citizenry in a democratic state like ours. They are also split into groups to learn about various community issues via presentations by the student-mentors.
  • Structured mentor-mentee meetings where participants consult their expert and student mentors for help in their research writing and debating progress.

Events to come (July-August 2017):

  • Bill writing workshop: participants learn how to draft mock bills
  • Debates at Parliament House for the bills the participants propose


Moot Parliament Programme

WHO DO WE WORK WITH?

We work closely with the aforementioned upper secondary students. In the structured mentor-mentee meetings, our volunteers will have the chance to interact with both the students and an expert-mentor volunteer in a small-group setting. They will also correspond with the students and the expert-mentor outside the structured meetings. Throughout the course of the programme, they will also likely be able to interact with fellow NUS/SMU student-mentors.

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 (Y3), mentor and head of MPP 2016/2017

TIME PERIOD AND COMMITMENT

Student mentors must commit to a time period from October to August. Key events within this time period include the MPP Symposium, structured mentor-mentee meetings, and the eventual Parliamentary debates themselves, outside of which student mentors can meet and mentor their teams at their own discretion.