Jordanian Children’s Parliament

 

The JWU, in cooperation with various other human rights organizations and the Jordanian Ministry of Education, plans, implements and monitors the activities of the Jordanian Children’s Parliament.

 

Founded in 1997, the Jordanian Children’s Parliament aims to introduce children to the concepts and fundamental principles of democracy as well as to the rights and responsibilities that attach to democracy.

 

The framework of the children’s parliament also incorporates the concept of human rights, specifically gender equality and consideration for those people with special needs. Membership in the parliament is divided equally between males and females.  As well, a number of seats have been allocated for children with special needs.

 

Membership in the parliament is granted to any Jordanian child between the ages of 10 and 18.

 

 Goals

   

  • To enable children to become acquainted with the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • To provide children the opportunity to participate in an authentic democratic process and to learn democratic conduct
  • To allow children the opportunity to influence public opinion and decision-makers and to have their recommendations reflected in government legislation related to children
  • To introduce children to the concept of human rights
  • To improve dialogue between the sexes
  • To prepare children to become citizens ready to contribute to the building of their society
  
Organization

 

The Jordanian Children’s Parliament consists of central bodies and subsidiary bodies in the governorates.   Each parliament has its own council, its own permanent offices, its own specialized committees, and its own council of advisors.

 

The children’s parliament and its branches in each governorate hold annual sessions, with emergency sessions being held if necessary.

 

The Council of the Jordanian Children’s Parliament consists of 120 members, freely elected through secret ballot every two years.


 

 

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