LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
A CHILDREN’S parliament has been established in Chongwe to highlight issues affecting children says Chongwe district commissioner Frazer Musonda.
Mr Musonda said the Parliament which will be run by children is expected to address issues such as child abuse, early marriages and alcohol abuse.
He said issues affecting children need to be documented so that policy makers could make follow-ups and addresses affecting children.
“The children will be allowed to use council chambers for their meetings to discuss issues affecting them which will later be presented to national leaders for action,’’ Mr Musonda said.
He said it is important for stakeholders to come together and address issues affecting children.
Mr Musonda said children like other stakeholders have a responsibility to play in addressing issues affecting them adding that Government is working with stakeholders to educate communities on various issues affecting children.
And a representative from the Children’s Parliament Nancy Phiri said most of the issues affecting children have never been addressed.
“Having a national structure like the Children’s Parliament will give us an opportunity to raise our concerns, with the hope that the concerns raised will be addressed at national level,’’ she said.
Ms Phiri also said that there is need to put in place support systems for girls that are retrieved from early marriages.
“If girls are retrieved without any support such as counselling and sending them back to school, the crusade against early marriages in Zambia will be a futile exercise,’’ she said.
Ms Phiri also urged Government to find a way of censoring information that could corrupt the minds of children.
She said children should be informed and educated about many issues affecting them so that they can make informed decisions.