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Children and Adolescents Parliament: the first Parliament of Peers in Uruguay

Fecha: (10/13/2016 10:15:34 AM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. The opening of the Children and Adolescents Parliament of Montevideo took place on September 28, 2016. The first Parliament of Peers in Uruguay was the fruition of 50 workshops that trained 400 children and adolescents and that also included partents and teachers. It was an IIHR activity in conjunction with the Mayorality of Montevideo, based on an agreement with its Secretariat of Civic Education. At the event, 140 members of the Parliament were heard in the General Assembly. During five hours, their proposals to care for the environment, end violence and foster equality were heard. They also spoke with youth of all of the political parties, social organizations and student movements, participated in a workshop on parliamentary dynamics and learned about their rights.

The “Article 12” project –named for Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that provides the right of children and adolescents to be heard –has as its objective acquainting them with democratic participation through a Parliament of Peers. The second phase included cabinets where 140 children and adolescents of educational centers of Montevideo discussed their proposals for the city and for life in democracy, coexistence and sustainable development. This is a project of the IIHR Regional Office, supported by the GEDUCA collective, which deals with education in matters of gender, and the Secretariat of Civic Education of the Department of Social Policies of the Mayorality of Montevideo.   

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