In 2016 the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) was established in The Hague. Two years later in Maastricht the idea for a Youth Mayor Parliament was born to develop a new generation of urban leaders. At UWC Maastricht we educate young leaders who want to learn about the challenges of the cities they live in and who ensure that the ambitions of the GPM will be sustained from one generation to the next.
The very first group of students of this youth think tank and possible sparring partner for GPM represent 17 cities. Thanks to the Province of Limburg they could start their journey to become young leaders and solve tomorrow’s challenges at the United World College (UWC) in Maastricht. In November 2018, we held the official launch of the Youth Mayors Parliament at Maastricht city hall.
On top of a highly recognized International Baccalaureate curriculum, UWC Maastricht has designed a social impact programme including action-oriented courses, social entrepreneurship and community service projects. Our students develop the skills and attitudes needed to be active participants in society, to identify problems and injustices wherever they exist, and to understand the mechanisms through which urban change can be achieved.
Under close guidance of UWC faculty, the youth mayors pursue local projects in Maastricht and are challenged to take on projects in their home cities or the one of their peers. During their two years programme they engage with the ambitions of the GPM, function as a youth think tank and stay in close contact with the mayor of their own city.
United World Colleges
UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future
United World College is a global movement that embraces Nelson Mandela’s creed that “education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.” To this end UWC brings together students with a wide variety of nationalities, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Living in a residential community with their peers, they are challenged to seek local solutions to global problems.