4 October 2016 The session of Student Parliament
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Milena Bicanin Opens Student Parliament Session
As part of Children’s Week, the National Assembly Hosted a session of the Student Parliament. Opening the session, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Milena Bicanin welcomed the participants, saying she was honoured to be given the opportunity to open the gathering.
This year’s Children’s Week 2016 with the motto “I don’t want to worry, I want to play” is dedicated to the child’s right to play and to free time, said Bicanin, telling the children that there is no shame in taking care of oneself or helping others, there is no shame in being informed and that is why children should use social networks and take part in decision-making.
The participants of the gathering were also addressed by representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development who said that the Ministry is preparing significant program objectives – reform of the state final exam to simplify enrolment into university and give all an equal chance to enrol in a state university, and introduction of computer science as a compulsory subject in elementary schools.
On the behalf of the organisers of the event the students were addressed by Iva Erakovic, Executive Director of the Friends of the Children. She informed the participants that the history of Children’s Week dates back to 1934. It is often said that children have really changed, but the Friends of the Children of Serbia do not agree. Erakovic believes that children have always had the same needs, it is only the framework within which these needs are met that changes. She said that this year’s motto of Children’s Week “I don’t want to worry, I want to play” should remind us that playing is every child’s first and most important job because it is through play that a child establishes the first contact with its environment, its parents and peers. Without playing, there is no educational or cultural development, concluded Erakovic.
In the continuation of the Student Parliament session, the high-schoolers shared their experiences with and proposals for the advancement of protection of children and youth from abuse on the Internet.