Objective of first parliament for children in Sindh is to promote peace

Islamabad: A 50-member parliament for children has started functioning in Tharparkar District of Sindh with an objective to promote peace, raise awareness among local people about tolerance and inter-faith harmony. It is also designed to resolve issues of backwardness, illiteracy in women and highlight the lack of basic facilities in the area.

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Initially, 250 students (aged 14-16 years) of 13 government schools from three union councils of District Tharparkar— Mithi, Diplo, Chelhar and Malnhore Vena—filled their forms to be nominated for the children assembly membership, however 50 were shortlisted.

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Talking to Gulf News on Thursday, head of Thar Education Alliance (TEA), Partab Rai Shivani said, the tenure of this newly-found children parliament would be six-month, but it will be enhanced to one-year from the next ‘parliamentary’ year.

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Help students

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“TEA is working in collaboration with other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the education department of the desert district to help Thari students to form their own the first-ever child Parliament with a view to create the concept of interfaith harmony , promote peace and pluralism and aware about political scenario among the students”, said Partab.

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After taking an oath as members of the parliament, these young parliament members elected their speaker, leader of the house (chief minister) and the leader of the opposition through the secret ballot.

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This parliamentary process was held at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Cultural Complex in Mithi in the presence of the shadow election commission, parents of the members and the officials of the education department.

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“Before this entire exercise, we did capacity building sessions with the children and briefed them about how our assemblies, both the national and the provincial worked”, said Partab.

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The young parliamentarians of Thar founded two parties for participation in the democratic process: Thar Sujag Party and Thar Aman Party.

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Peace and harmony

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Both the parties primarily addressed the issues of peace and harmony, quality education for all, and improving the health sector in Tharparkar.

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Yuraj Balani from Thar Aman Party was elected chief minister while Leela Kumari was voted as the speaker to conduct the proceedings of the house. Balani’s rival candidate Jay Malal was elected leader of the opposition in the house.

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According to the TEA head, the basic objective of the children parliament was to develop peace building. Since female literacy rate is drastically low in Tharparkar, the opposition leader, speaker and a couple of ministers are female. “We have 50 members of the parliament out of whom 30 are male and 20 female.

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We have a plan to take members of the child parliament to Sindh Assembly where they would observe proceedings of the provincial assembly and have a taste of how the real parliament works”, he said.

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