Ninety-eight children from the 14 political regions of Namibia are gathering in Windhoek to attend the Fifth Children’s Parliament. The session will end on August 23.

The Children’s Parliament aims to promote awareness of children’s rights and strengthen children’s participation in the legislative process and policy development.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi during a press released Monday said that this year’s session is held under the theme “Engaging Young People in the Legislative Process”.

Katjavivi said the Children’s Parliament aims to promote awareness of children’s rights and strengthen children’s participation in the legislative process and policy development.

“The Children’s Parliament in Namibia is one of the formalized and critical child participation structures in Namibia. It was born from the African Children’s Parliamentary Union Initiative (ACPUI) which holds that Children’s Parliaments give young people a way to ‘learn by doing’.

The Namibian Children’s Parliament aims to advise governmental agencies responsible for law-making on policies that would improve the rights and welfare of children and young people. The First Session of the Children’s Parliament took place in May 2007,” Katjavivi stated. Enditem

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