Festive season always provide perfect opportunity for the children to interact and have fun! For the second year running, TYSA has organized children fun day! This year, some children had an opportunity to swim in a modern swimming pool. This was a blend of children from the local community and those in town with some experience. ‘We are very happy and delighted by this annual event that brings our children together and have fun! I could believe my eyes, as kids enjoyed swimming’ Mum Mary, a parent. Other activities included face painting, games and sports. Children enjoyed being out there and interacting with their peers. The community mentors and coaches also had their share of fun too.120 children and youth participated in this year’s event. In 2011/2012, TYSA Children participation and protection program will undergo major reforms to make it more responsive and participatory. This is after major consultation with the children in the last one year. We are going to create Junior Assemblies and Youth Assemblies. In the junior assembly children below age 15 will form units of 10 members each. In this unit, they will elect a Councilor, Governor and Senator. The Councilor will take care of the welfare of the unit. The Governor will be the chief executive of the e unit while the senator will represent the interest of the unit in the senate. All the senators from the units will form a Senate Assembly. The youth assembly will constitute ages 15 to 24. In their respective units, they will elect Member of Parliament and Women Representative. They will form the Youth Assembly. All the assemblies will be managed by a Speaker and helped by the clerks. A president will be elected by all the children and youth in the respective unit. The president will have a running mate. The president will run a small cabinet comprising of Program Secretaries as enshrined in the TYSA program areas of education, Child Protection etc. It is through these structures that we believe the children and youth will have greater opportunity to participate fully in the deliberations that affect them and their community. It is a more open approach through which the children will embrace democratic values and contributing to national development. We believe you will continue to offer your support and be part of this innovative way of localizing democracy and helping the society embrace democratic values. Watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHDrgcfkNLg
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