Young speakers inspire audience on the 25th anniversary of the Constitution
Forty five children, including children with special needs from all over the country assembled in Ashgabat to take part in the events dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution organized by the Parliament in partnership with UNICEF.
A group of children aged 11 through 18 years had an unprecedented opportunity to visit the Parliament and interact with the Speaker and Members of Parliament representing all Committees by asking questions about Turkmenistan’s Constitution and the work of the respective Committees and how it changes the lives of citizens.
In 2016 some of these children, underwent consultations on child rights and shared their opinions and perceptions related to participation, education and social inclusion. As a result, this will inform interventions related to integration of the child right awareness raising for children into the existing educational platforms, including schools and media programmes.
Within the framework of the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution, children with their teachers also visited the United Nations House to participate in the UNICEF’s orientation about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and learnt how the rights are exercised in their everyday lives and why child participation matters. They also spoke to the UNICEF Representative and shared their dreams and aspirations and the future they hope for in their own lives. The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Elena Panova encouraged children to proactively engage through the joint UN and the Government platforms at the Velayat level.
“I am particularly delighted to see the opportunity the children had to visit Mejlis and interact with the Parliamentarians, as this will forever etched in their young minds with deep sense of pride and renewed sense of responsibility towards nation building. This paves way for more inclusive Parliaments that listens and defends the rights of the children”, stated Shaheen Nilofer UNICEF Representative at the Conference “Constitution of Turkmenistan – Legal Basis of Development”, organized by the Parliament on 16 May 2017.
The Conference provided an exceptional platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon and the realization of the provisions related to children and the youth, including those with disabilities enshrined in the Constitution. As one of the young participants, Hudaynazar Bayev said at the conference, “We, children, are happy to learn that the State cares about its young people, including their all-inclusive development and continues to advance conditions for our better lives, more quality education and health. We also trust that these advancements will lead to the fulfilment of the new Sustainable Development Goals and maintain peace and prosperity.”
Within the framework of the longstanding partnership with the Parliament, UNICEF also looks forward to rolling out Children’s Parliament as an interesting way of engaging with young people who are confident, forward looking, engaged and empowered and well articulate their views and have the ability to influence policies and practices that affect their lives positively.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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