Responding to issues raised by children in the precious parliaments
Although they acknowledged that Government was playing a great role in the well-being of South Africa's children, they felt that a lot more should be done to address these issues and proposed social media platforms amongst other tools to be used to raise awareness and help with the fight against some of the social ills.
- Provide a platform for Children in South Africa to reflect on issues of leadership and civic participation
- Use the legacy of the late Dr Nelson Mandela as a tool in promoting active civic participation and dialogue between the different generations
- Provide open and meaningful opportunities for children to participate in local, national and international democratic processes, and
- Give all children, regardless of their background, a space to discuss issues as peers and share ideas on issues of common interest and make citizenship a reality.
Children are invited from each of the nine provinces and child ambassadors, who are active leaders in their communities are chosen to represent their respective provinces. The Children's Parliament also gives a chance to teach children about the legislative process.
Responding to the issues raised during parliamentary proceedings, Minister Dlamini told the Children’s parliament that family is an important pillar in society and the first line of defence in the upbringing of children.
The Children’s Parliament programme has produced strong and inspiring future leaders. Amongst them was Juleka Sharon Mogale, a child ambassador from Gauteng who led a campaign against teenage pregnancy in her province.