The first ses­sion of the Bhutan chil­dren’s par­lia­ment

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

TWer­ingla in Mon­gar, Khar Yu­rung in Pema­gat­shel and Ling­mukha Toed­wang, Pu­nakha.

Ad­dress­ing the young par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, Dorji Cho­den, Min­is­ter of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ments (MoWHS) com­mended chil­dren as they showed re­spon­si­bil­ity and dis­ci­pline as the real par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. The min­is­ter said that BCP will pre­pare our youth to be­come ca­pa­ble lead­ers in the fu­ture.

The BCP is not only seen as a plat­form to ed­u­cate the youth on democ­racy but also to meet the lead­ers of the coun­try. Youth re­lated is­sues like education, un­em­ploy­ment, drug abuse and teenage preg­nancy were some of the high­lights of the first ses­sion of the chil­dren’s par­lia­ment.

The mem­bers dis­cussed ‘’one-teacher one-sub­ject pol­icy ‘’, which the mem­bers be­lieve that teach­ers should be teach­ing spe­cific sub­jects that they are spe­cial­ized in.

In some of the schools in Bhutan, where there is scarcity of teach­ers this prac­tice of teach­ing multi sub­jects even if not spe­cial­ized in all is com­mon said the speaker..

One of the in­ter­na­tional TV chan­nel re­port­ing on the Bhutan first child par­lia­ment says that the grasp of democ­racy may not be per­fect or com­plete; many of th­ese girls are help­ing their par­ents un­der­stand that the Bhutan they grew up in is chang­ing.

As chil­dren can best con­vinced their own par­ents, they have a big­ger role to play in our nascent democ­racy ahead. he first ses­sion of Bhutan chil­dren’s par­lia­ment con­cluded last week which was or­ga­nized by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan in Thim­phu.

The chil­dren and teach­ers of 153 democ­racy clubs of schools and of­fi­cers of the twenty Dzongkhags and the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan adopted the the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Bhutan Chil­dren’s Par­lia­ment (BCP) on the aus­pi­cious 2nd of June 2015 and signed by the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 153 democ­racy clubs in the coun­try in the cer­e­mony or­ga­nized by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan in the sa­cred Kuenray of Pu­nakha Dzong.

The BCP will meet twice yearly, bring­ing Bhutanese youth to­gether to dis­cuss is­sues of com­mon con­cern. Through this, chil­dren and youth will be able to sub­mit their pro­ceed­ings to the Prime Min­is­ter, Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Op­po­si­tion Leader among oth­ers.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker of the BCP has said that he is to­tally con­cerned about the is­sues that con­trib­ute to the wel­fare of the na­tion and not only the is­sues that are for the in­ter­est of the youth dur­ing the con­clud­ing of the ses­sion.

The chief elec­tion com­mis­sioner had urged the schools au­thor­i­ties for the es­tab­lish­ment of the democ­racy clubs in the schools to in­cul­cate the con­cept of democ­racy among the stu­dents. Cur­rently, the BCP-Na­tional As­sem­bly (NA) does not have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Som­baykha in Haa, Kengkhar

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