Young minds meet at Children’s Parliament to solve problems
Dimapur, Aug. 27 (EMN): A three-day regional seminar on “children’s parliament” was conducted during August 23-25 at the Aida complex during which the participants spoke about their concerns on prevailing issues in the society today and how to solve them.
The programme was organised by the Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO), a press release from the NDO stated.
The director of an institution ‘Holistic Child Development India,’ Thomas Rajkumar, addressed the event. In his speech, he urged the children’s parliament to develop leadership qualities and to take the platform to address child rights and child protection.
Speaking on the importance of children’s decision, Rajkumar said children have the calibre to influence community decisions and even good governance. He was stated to have cited examples of Children’s Parliament from different regions and how they were able to influence district administrations and bring in basics facilities such as electricity, water supply, and toilets, the press release stated.
Altogether 35 children from the states of Assam and Nagaland participated in the seminar where they were taught leadership skills, child rights and protection, and about the facilities of child helpline.
The children are also said to have spoken about their concerns on prevailing issues in the society and how to solve the problem of domestic child labour, online gaming, improper functioning of government schools and Aganwadi centre, and issues of discipline in maintaining study hours; alcoholism and tobacco use among youngsters, the updates stated.
The programme concluded with updates about action taken by the Children’s Parliament on what it can do to stop child abuse in their local areas, the statement informed.