09 Oct 2013 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - About 98 motions were tabled during the Fourth Session of the Children's Parliament here in May this year.
The five-day Children's Parliament adopted 34 motions from the 98 motions tabled, but rejected nine motions, while 19 motions were withdrawn.
Another 36 were also withdrawn because the Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi, had adequately and comprehensively covered the issues raised in his address during the session.
According to a report on the Fourth Childrens Parliament issued on Tuesday in the National Assembly, motions which were adopted dealt with passion killings in Namibia; a request that the government increases the current orphan and vulnerable childrens (OVCs) grants; a request for more shelters in the country for homeless people; calls for Government to pay more attention to sports; and a motion to sentence petty crime offenders to community service.
Some of the motions which were rejected include the abolition of child labour; poor health services at State hospitals, especially in maternity wards; and a motion on negative propaganda on the youth.
The Fourth Session of the Children's Parliament took place under the theme Children's Parliament- Ensuring that the voices of tomorrow's leaders are heard.
About 55 learners - four from each of the 14 regions and three Members of the Junior Town Council of the City of Windhoek participated in the session.
Three former young parliamentarians also attended.
During the session, presentations and motivational statements were delivered by other stakeholders such as Steward Sukuma, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador; Adv Bience Gawanas, the former African Union (AU) Commissioner of Social Affairs; and Celeste Feris, a Control Social Worker.
Namwandi, who was also one of the stakeholders, urged the young parliamentarians during his address to be innovative in order to gain a competitive edge as they live in a competitive global village.
He further encouraged the young parliamentarians, as future leaders, to be aggressive in their search for skills and knowledge as the creative process is systematic, logical and driven by knowledge.
After the five-day session, the Children's Parliament recommended to the National Assembly to continue the tradition of holding a Children's Parliament in the interest of Namibian children.