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Neighbourhood Children’s Parliament in Andhra Pradesh, India
Detail: In the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India, a consortium of a few local NGOs involved in child development projects (The Forum for Child Rights), the Municipal Corporation of Vijayawada and allied Government departments like the police and the railway police wings have set in motion the process of building a child-safety net in schools across the district by constituting Neighbourhood Children’s Parliaments.

The concept of Neighbourhood Children’s Parliament was piloted in Ibrahimpatnam and Penamaluru mandals in Krishna district with the aim of creating child-friendly environments in government-run schools and preschools. Each Neighbourhood Children’s Parliament brings together children from a cluster of 30 families to share problems and protect one another. The parliament envisions that children will be responsible for each other’s well being and gain confidence and competence in handling difficult situations.

Thomas Koshy, convener of The Forum for Child Rights, said, “We want to give voice to every child by creating a platform for them to share their problems and views on issues that are directly related to their welfare.”
Source: Based on a story by P. Sujatha Varma titled, “For the children, by the children”, in The Hindu, 15 July 2008.
Date: August 14 2008