Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Neighbourhood Parliaments of Children and Children’s Parliaments conducted in schools?

Neighbourhood Children’s parliaments function at the neighbourhood level. Around thirty families living in a given neighbourhood together form a Neighbourhood Parliament.

The children of these families form the Neighbourhood Parliament of Children. All the children of these families would automatically be the members and no child can be denied membership. The membership of a school parliament, on the other hand, is decided by the school authorities. The children of the school can come also from various neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Parliament of Children has governance power. Their power comes from the fact the neighbourhood belongs to them. The School Parliament derives its power and existence from the school authorities.

Are they not Mock Parliaments? Can they be Real Parliaments?

They are not mock parliaments. A mock parliament ends with the end of the session. It is meant for a particular show. After the show the parliament is wound up. There may not be a proper follow up of the discussions.

In the case of a Neighbourhood Parliaments of Children decisions are followed up. The parliament itself continues to exist to monitor the progress of the implementation of its decisions. This way it governs

Who can be members of the Children’s Parliaments?

All the children from the age of 6 to 18 belonging to the given neighbourhood of thirty or thereabout families each automatically become members.

Is there a differentiation according to age?

According to the United Nations’ Guidelines those below the age of 18 are considered children. Still, there can be Junior and Senior Parliaments of Children.

Who could be the members of Junior Parliament?

Children from 6 to 11 years old could belong to Junior Parliament of Children.

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Contact Information

Neighbourhood Community Network (NCN),

Montfort Social Institute (MSI)

Church Colony Road, Montfort Nagar, Church Colony, Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana 500039, India.

Phone: +91 4652 278223
Mob: +91 94426 48224
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