A group of Nansen Primary Parliamentarians attended the first meeting at the Rosary Catholic Primary School today. Mr Perkins informed those present of the aims and objectives of the YPP and why it is important for children to have a voice and for that voice to be heard and respected by adults. Mr Perkins spoke about how Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) reflects this and that through events such as YPP and School Councils, children are provided with a platform on which to express their views and opinions.
Here is the report from Nansen Parliamentarians on each debate:
Debate no. 1 – Crime and its impact on our communities.
Nansen’s Parliamentarians feel that racism, gangs, litter, speeding, street violence, knife crime, graffiti, illegal parking and vandalism are all big problems in Alum Rock. More cameras should be fitted on the roads and streets and police to have a bigger presence out and about too. Posters can be put up warning people of the dangers of violence on the streets and what will happen to people if they are caught. Bigger fines for illegal parkers and there should be a ban on spray paints so no-one can graffiti anywhere. Those who are arrested for knife crimes should spend a long time in prison. In regard to racism, people should be educated more to understand other people’s cultures, religions and back-grounds, so people can become more tolerant of others. Speeding car drivers should go to jail for life if they cause an accident or kill someone and if it just simply breaking the law by speeding, then a fine of 10 times the speed they were travelling at (when caught) should have to be paid.
Debate no. 2 – Children’s Rights.
Mr Perkins spoke about the ABCDE of rights with A meaning ALL children in the world have rights, B that rights are there at BIRTH, C, rights CANNOT be taken away, D, rights DO NOT have to be earned and E, all rights are EQUALLY as important.
Nansen’s Parliamentarians said that children have the right to a good education and fresh water to drink and healthy food to eat. Children should have the right to shelter, warmth, freedom, play, privacy, to have an opinion and for that opinion to be respected and to be cared for.
Our Parliamentarians were very astute and they certainly took their role very seriously because they want to make a difference to the community. They will be following their debate with a set of actions to take, when they are back at school.