House speak Demetris Syllouris on Tuesday welcomed the new child deputies and thanked the outgoing ones who have successfully served their two-year term.
The outgoing deputies of Children’s Parliament have worthily represented the pupil world but also benefited from their two-year stint as they have matured through their participation in public affairs, Syllouris said.
The House President congratulated the children for their interest and involvement in the operation of the eighth Cypriot Children’s Parliament session and for defending their positions on the issues that concern them.
He welcomed the new child deputies. “This institution will undoubtedly help you develop critical thought and acquire a substantive role in society,” he said, addressing the new deputies.
Children’s Parliament was established in November 2001 at the House of Representatives under the auspices of the President of the House.
During its sessions, the Children’s Parliament discusses issues concerning teenagers that are analysed in reports prepared by child deputies with the help and technical support of the Parliamentary Committees Service.
Participants in the Children’s Parliament are the ones usually participating in annual events during Children’s Week which takes place each November to mark the United Nations Universal Children’s Day.
During this week events are organised in cooperation with the local government to encourage the participation of children in decision-making centres and strengthen their sense of citizenship.