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Generation Next
First broadcast December 2006

Young girl

As part of the BBC's Generation Next season, the BBC's Robin Lustig asks what does it really mean to be an adult

He explores what "youth" means in different societies and cultures worldwide in this five-part documentary series.

Part Five - Citizenship

Robin Lustig assesses the relevance of citizenship to the young. What do they think about their duties and responsibilites?

In many countries, the rules about precisely when you become an adult are nothing if not confusing.

So, if you're not yet 18, but you want a chance to change things, what do you do?

In some countries, young people can be elected to become members of a youth parliament, where they can debate, lobby, and try to have an influence on the country's real, grown up parliament.

They don't yet have any real power, but they can learn what to do with it once they have got it.

In the final part of this five part series, the BBC's Robin Lustig finds out how young people are learning to play an active role in political debate.

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