Mangan, 16 Oct:
The District Child Protection Unit, North in coordination with Village level Child Protection Committee of Toong-Naga GPU, Mangan Block organised the formation of Village Level Children’s Parliament in Toong-Naga GPU for children from Naga and Manul Govt Sec Schools today.
The program started with the welcoming address along with the role of Child Welfare committee (CWC) in the protection of children by Chairperson, Mingma Doma Bhutia, CWC, North, ORW, Eeptisha Rai, DCPU (N) introduced the child protection scheme under Social Justice & Welfare Dept and various other acts made for the protection of child rights. Then the Rights of Children were explained through an interactive space game conducted by Counsellor DCPU (N), Phuphu Doma Bhutia.
Thereafter DCPO, Wendy Lepcha, North explained the roles and responsibilities of each Minister of the Village level Child Parliament and the purpose of forming the Parliament and facilitated the elections in a Sociocracy method for the various posts of Ministries based on the Sustainable Development Goals. She also informed the gathering on how A Prime Minister of Village level Child Parliament of Hee Gyathang GPU, Pemkit Lepcha is now the PM of National Inclusive Children's Parliament. Then after the election and formation of the Parliament, the Panchayat President-cum-Chairperson, Village level Child Protection Committee of the GPU, Sonam Tshering lepcha, administered the oath and also informed the children of the child friendly room in the GPK and invited the Parliamentarians to participate in the upcoming Gram Sabha. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Bikash SW, Mangar, DCPU (N). The program was conducted with due adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines with hand sanitizers and masks provided at the entry of the GPK and also they were informed of the importance of hygiene, sanitation and social distancing during the pandemic.