Second session of Bhutan Children’s Parliament concludes

The second session of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP) ended yesterday, in the presence of the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners with the offering of Zhabten to thier Majesties, the Fourth and Fifth King.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Chogyal Dago Rigzin, expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the successful closing of the second session of BCP. “It is not the end of opportunity after you go back from here. You must take it that it is just the beginning of many new opportunities to do the best that you can for people around you,” he said.
“I think establishment of BCP is such a profound concept at the youth level. The issues deliberated during the sessions are not just urban centric but also those issues that concern the youth dwelling in the most remote area of the country,” said the Tseten Dorji, BCP Speaker of the National Assembly.
He said that when proceedings from the session are submitted to the concerned authorities, it does not mean that BCP members expect immediate implementation of their resolution but that they would like the concerned authorities to study the importance of the issues being resolved and make necessary changes in the systems.
The 67 BCP members are escorted by 21 teachers, who are the Democracy Club co-coordinators in their respective schools.
Nima Tshering, who is an escort teacher for the BCP representative from Norbuling Central School, Gelephu said that it has been a very enriching session even for the teachers.
“When we observed the conduct of the BCP members during the sessions, we felt really proud with the way they discussed important issues like experienced parliamentarians. While observing their intellectual discussions it triggered me to think that education level in the country is not deteriorating as being debated elsewhere. It also made me wonder whether we as a teacher could have done as much justice to the membership of BCP if we were in their shoes,” he said.
Another escort teacher, Sangay Lhaden from Bajothang Higher Secondary School, Wangdue Phodrang said that it is a great platform for the students to understand the functioning of democracy and prepare them for leadership programs from young age.
“I have attended the first as well as the second session of BCP. And with the experience I’ve acquired from the sessions, I am now confident enough to even participate in the real parliament in future. It is the greatest experience of my life and I am looking forward to participating in the future as well,” said Yeshi Wangchuk from Pema Gatshel, a BCP-NC member.
Passang Wangmo from Chukha, who is the BCP-NC member, said that she represented her friends in school with a promise to address youth related issues. She said it was an exceptional platform where she gained life enhancing experience to resolve many issues.
The second session of BCP adopted 17 resolutions relating to youths and the education system. The chief Election Commissioner also advised and suggested the members to deliberate on national issues henceforth. The resolutions will be submitted to His Majesty The King, Prime Minister and government agencies.

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