The first session of the Bhutan children’s parliament
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