Meet the Child Ministers who help their communities through the world’s first Children’s Parliament.
“During the day I clean the house, fetch water and fire
wood, and cook food. During the harvest, which is happening
now, I also work in the fi elds with my family. When my
day’s work is over, I go to the evening school.
“Once a month the Children’s Parliament meets, and since I am the Minister for Home Affairs, I’m responsible for making sure that everyone who comes gets food and a place to sleep. As Minister for Home Affairs, I also step in and chair the meeting if the Prime Minister can’t come. You could say that I’m responsible for making sure everything works during meetings of the Children’s Parliament. And the Parliament is important, since it gives us children information, knowledge and confi dence. The World’s Children’s Prize and the Global Vote do the same. We learn about the rights of the child, and about people who fi ght for our rights all over the world. Participating in the Global Vote is important to us in India, since we have so many problems here, such as child labour, which stops children from being able to go to school. The Globe magazine teaches us that this is wrong. Everyone who reads The Globe and joins in the Global Vote is changed by the experience. Now that we know how children should be treated, we have to make sure that all the crimes and violations that children fall victim to now stop happening in the future.”
Sajana, 16, Minister for Home Affairs, Children’s Parliament