Children ‘Parliament’ Launched The program has grown to embrace various stakeholders in child development. It has built the capacities of children and parents to discuss openly issues affecting them. The program is playing a vital coordination and consultative role in the schools and community where TYSA works Capacities of the coordinator build around monitoring, investigation and evaluation of child abuse cases. This has enabled him to resolve the crisis which affected some of the girls in schools e.g. mwanga primary and kirita secondary. Children from TYSA endorsed the Children Voices 2010which helped them to share experiences and reached to more children. Children especially in schools and community are reporting cases of abuse to their mentors. That for the first time, children and parents discussed domestic budgeting together in the open forum. With more follows at home and frequent open forums, children issues will be implemented at domestic level TYSA has reviewed it organizational structure to include the children. This has enabled the children to contribute to the development of the organization. The structures allow children to participate in the decision making process of the organization. The small units of 10 children elect their leaders who meet in the ‘parliament’ to discuss and deliberate on the issues. These issues are taken to the TYSA management team by their ‘president’. Program secretaries who are also elected work very closely with the Program Coordinator, mentor s them in the work. The program secretaries form the ‘Cabinet’ with the president. The speaker and the clerk work together to run the affairs of the ‘Parliament’ We look forward to implementing this initiative in the coming months. It is one of its kinds in the country. It is going to be our main focus for the next 6 months. We are yet to train the ‘parliamentarians’ on their respective operations. The initiative requires stationery, chairs, tables, and other furniture to furnish the hall where the parliamentary sessions will take place. The children also require drinks and water, refreshments during the parliamentary sessions. We hope also to provide some clothing to make the sessions formal in order to raise the self esteem of the children. We are happy that we have finally taken off as we have been planning for this great initiative. Many other organizations have already started to admire this child participation and protection model. We hope to keep you informed of the progress of this noble initiative.
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