The question and answer session was part of a Welsh Baccalaureate week at Aberystwyth where pupils from four schools in south Wales undertook a range of activities to support their Welsh Baccalaureate studies. The week was organised by the Welsh Government, Aberystwyth University and the National Library of Wales.
As part of their visit to the Welsh Government office at Aberystwyth the students were assigned a ministerial portfolio and asked to develop their own manifesto. The students developing the Education portfolio shared their new ideas with the Minister as well as questioning him on his thoughts for the future. Following the question and answer session the pupils went on to visit the National Library of Wales and took part in an interactive lecture at Aberystwyth University.
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills said:
“The Aberystwyth office is a valuable education and information resource, for students to visit and learn about the work of the Welsh Government.
“I am extremely pleased that we are supporting students who are undertaking the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification and I was very happy to take part in the session today with Ysgol Maes y Dderwen.
“IOur continued working partnership, with organisations such as the National Library of Wales and the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, is proving to be very effective as it enables us to provide students with an insight into our various treasures and our heritage, as well as the history of government in Wales.”
Sixth form student Liam Howells from Ysgol Maes y Dderwen added,
“The opportunity to develop our own ministerial portfolios has made us consider the various issues affecting Wales today and the work of our politicians. For us the opportunity to be able to pose questions directly to the Education Minister is a wonderful bonus and who knows, he may even take some of our ideas on board.”