How do Children Parliaments evolve?
There are two types of Children Parliaments. One is founded by the children; the other is founded by the schools.
This film is only about Children Parliaments which are founded by children. They are called Neighbourhood Parliaments in India.
The idea goes back to the NCN (Neighbourhood Community Network), a South Indian aid organisation that developed the concept of independent children’s parliaments about 15 years ago. The concept has been adopted by many local human rights and environmental organisations in India.
In recent years, more than 100,000 such Children Parliaments have been created there.
Delegates from many countries are now travelling to India to get advice on how to organise children’s parliaments in their countries. The founders of the Indian children parliaments also conduct trainings in Europe. (Please see CONTACT)
Local human rights and environmental organizations in India go to the villages to first inform the children about their rights. Most children do not know that there are children’s rights, such as the right to education.
Usually social workers are involved. Sometimes someone from the village is chosen who is willing to support the children. Not all adults agree that children have their own rights. It is important that the children trust this person. The person of trust teaches the children about democracy and explains how a parliament works, and accompanies them over a longer period of time.
As soon as the children can solve their problems on their own, the person of trust withdraws, but is still available to them as a contact person.