PM with 5 winners of ‘Next Generation’s Government’ contest .
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Five teenagers attended Sunday’s cabinet meeting, after winning a competition on
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Facebook wall.
In late February,
marking three years since the government was elected, Netanyahu uploaded a video
to YouTube calling for teens to participate in the “Next Generation’s
Government” contest. The rules were posted on the prime minister’s Facebook
page: Participants aged 13-18 can suggest bills and decisions that the
government should approve.
Over 1,000 teens suggested legislation. A
committee, led by Prime Minister’s Office communications director Liran Dan,
chose the winners based on the bills’ originality, potential contribution to the
public and practicability.
The winners, who presented their ideas to the
ministers, suggested legislation including mandatory voting in national
elections and increasing the punishment for torturing animals.
bill proposed limiting use of cellular phones on public transportation, and one
suggested that “life skills” be a mandatory class for all high school
Hila Osobaski of Givatayim turned 17 on Sunday, and said the
opportunity to present her initiative requiring recycling bins in every school
was a great birthday gift.