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Civic Education

The Parliamentary Education Department (PCED) is a supporting service of the Solomon Islands National Parliament. It was established on September 2008 under the UNDP Parliamentary Strengthening Program. The general aim of PCED is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of the Parliament and its Members and work towards helping citizens of Solomon Islands to know and develop positive and supportive attitudes towards the legislative democratic processes.

The PCED delivered civic education programmes and activities under four outcomes:

  1. Community Engagement Services,
  2. Curriculum Supporting Services,
  3. School Outreach Programmes, and on
  4. Gender.

1. Community Engagement Services

National Parliament Week

Since 2012 PCED organises Parliament Week with its primary stakeholders: the accountability institutions like Ombudsman, Leadership Code Commission and Auditor General Office. The main purpose of the Parliament Week is to promote awareness of the National Parliament to the general public. It is a week where general public learn about the Parliament, its members and supporting services of Parliament. During the week the National Parliament House is often open for the public to come and visit.

Institute of Public Administration and Management(IPAM)

Every year PCED assisted IPAM in the Ministry of Public Service to educate selected public servants on the work of Parliament. Our half day program includes presentation or the roles, functions and supporting services of Parliament followed with a tour to Parliament and watching a short video clip of Parliament.

Constituency Visit

In one year PCED team visits 3-4 Constituencies in the country. The aim of the visit is to take Parliament to the Public. The visits help general public and school children to learn about their Parliament. During each visit PCED organised workshops, group work and role play on parliament and government.

Supporting Primary Stakeholders

In recent years PCED provided technical support its primary stakeholders. For example Provincial Speakers and Clerks Attachment to Parliament, PCED support the Solomon Islands Government and UNDP in provide technical support to strengthening legislative process of the 9 Provincial Assemblies in Solomon Islands.

2. Curriculum Support Services

Curriculum Development

The PCED continue to liaise with responsible stakeholders such as Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and Curriculum Development Department, Education Authorities and Schools within Honiara in producing resource books and educational materials that focuses on parliament, politics and leadership in SI. In 2014 the PCED to launch a resource book targeting teachers and students of 300 High Schools in the country. The resource book is titled "How our Parliament Makes Laws".

3. School Outreach Programmes

Primary and Secondary Schools

School Parliamentary Tours is where students come to visit the Parliament at their request. This has been a very enjoyable program where students are accompanied by their teachers to visit the Parliament House. At their arrival they are met and supervised by the PCED officers for their Parliamentary Tour. The tour to Parliament program also includes tour to important departments of Parliament, see historical documents and tour into the Parliament chamber when there is no Parliament sitting. The significant and challenging consideration for PCED is to engage the rural based schools considering the geographical situation where majority of schools are situated in the provinces.

National Youth Parliament (NYP) and Regional Youth Parliament (RYP)

The NYP was initiated during a meeting in 2009 where the CNURA Government accepted to take to take on board. This was an opportunity whereby our youths voiced their concerns on issues that can bring major political and socio-economic changes in SI. This programme encouraged young Solomon Islanders age ranging from 11-18 years old to actually take part in organized parliament sittings. PCED conducted the first National Youth Parliament in 2009 where the youths actually sits in the Parliament Chamber representing the government, opposition and independent sections to debate bills presented before the parliament. The NYP was organised in September 2013 50 students representing mostly high schools and tertiary institutes in and around Honiara (Capital City of SI).

In September 2013 PCED organised the first Regional Youth Parliament (RYP) for 25 Youths representing three twinning partners (Bougainville Parliament, NSW Parliament and Solomon Islands Parliament).This RYP was interesting as it allows the participants to debate a bill called "Climate Change Mitigation Bill 2013".PCED and working committee hopes to organise the RYP every two years.

4. Gender

Women and Leadership

One of the main reasons of establishing the PCED is to ensure that there is a fair dissemination of information on parliament to all citizens of this nation. According to records, Solomon Islands is one of the countries that maintained a Westminster style of governing system yet, out from the 50 seats of the national parliament, there is only one female politicians elected into this 9th Parliament hence, it is a major goal of the department to promote awareness on the need to have more female politicians in the highest decision making institution of the land.

Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG)

In 2011 the YWPG was formed with the mission to "create space for young women to experience and participate in leadership." And vision to "recognize, allow and build emerging young women leaders to reach their full potentials to positively influence their communities and networking young women with current leaders to enhance and develop young women in leadership." Currently the YWPG has more than 40 registered members and has successfully engaged in many national political and socio- economic developments in the country.

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