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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019. 1:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: After five weeks of extensive training and research, the Children’s Parliament held its first sitting at the National Assembly Building in Belmopan, Cayo.

The children parliamentarians discussed a wide range of issues affecting children including healthcare (mental health, diverse abilities), safety (crime, sexual abuse, police abuse), education (affordability and accessibility) and financial literacy.

Despite being on opposing sides of the floor, the presentations of the young parliamentarians were respectful but frank and solution-driven.

On both sides of the floor the parliamentarians did not shy away from criticizing the government’s shortcomings in the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The member for Caribbean Shores said, “Our children are suffering from lip service and empty promises.”

The member for Cayo South suggested that financial literacy is about investing in the future so the government must be financially illiterate as it has not truly invested in the nation’s children.

The Toledo East representative similarly accused the government of incompetence.

Today’s event coincides with the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is celebrating its 30th year.

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