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FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2019

Knowing the roles and duties of a Member of Parliament or simply just learning about parliament in the classroom, became a life experience for 80 4th graders from the Kukum Seventh Day Adventist Primary, who visited the National Parliament earlier this week on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

As part of their social science curriculum they learnt about Parliament and was the main purpose of their brief tour, which gave them more insight into the duties of Parliament.

The Parliament Education department is responsible for conducting educational school tours. The school tours are a part of Parliaments ongoing education outreach program to help young people better understand the role of Parliamentary Democracy.

The aim of these school tours are to help young students appreciate the Westminster parliamentary system adopted from Britain, to help them understand the three different political groupings in Parliament and the processes in which a bill is debated and becomes a law. For the first time a “Role Play” activity was introduced as part of the school tour in which students were given the roles of MPs to which they also debated on a mock bill.

The content and structure of tours are designed differently for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.

The Kukum SDA student’s enjoyed their tour and asked a lot of questions relating to the role of the speaker, the sitting arrangements in the chamber and parliamentary terms.

It was an exciting and interactive experience for the young students. They learnt about the role of MPs at the same time given an opportunity to be one. These activities help students appreciate parliamentary democracy at an early age and hopefully when they grow up be more active citizens.

Schools in and around Honiara are encouraged to write and request to visit. All school tours are free and open to schools, church groups and community groups.

MONDAY 11TH MARCH 20119

YWPG Executive YWPG Group Photo Chamber

The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) held its first meeting for the year on Thur 28th Feb at the Paul Tovua Complex, Parliament. The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group is formed under the auspices of the Speaker of Parliament Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu as the patron. The mission of the Group is to create space for young women to experience and participate in leadership.

During the opening of the meeting the Acting Clerk to Parliament Mr. David Kusilifu thanked the outgoing executive and welcomes all the new and old members of YWPG. He further stated that Parliament will continue to support the work that YWPG does and given that gender is a crucial part of Parliament’s Strategic Plan his office is looking forward to ensuring that YWPG will be the platform where young women can raise policy issues though the different parliamentary processes.

As part of the first meeting the group elected the new executive for 2019-2020. Ms. Regina Lepping is the new chairlady and other executive members include, Ms. Natasha Eddie, Ms. Raywin Taroaniara, Ms. Georgina Tasra and Ms. Salome Pilumate. The Advisor to the Group and Director of Parliament Education Unit thanked the outgoing executive for the work well done from 2017-2018 and welcomes the new executive. The chairlady Ms. Lepping is confident to take YWPG through the next two years and building working relations with our new leaders in the 11th Parliament.

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