NEW DELHI: Bal Sansad or the Children's own Parliament is the call of the day. This forum under the intense guidance and supervision of the ministry of Human Resource Development is planned to be established in all the CBSE affiliated schools in the country. The state government run schools would also be requested to have such Bal Sansads in their respective schools, though with the help from the Centre.
The motive behind having Bal Sansads in schools is to rear the habit in children to go beyond their course books and syllabus, to imbibe knowledge in them and to help them in being future ready. The ministry is working on the project in terms of deciding on the methodologies to be adopted and the regulations to be followed in implementing the Sansads.
The ministry has sought help from Jharkhand, the state that has already implemented the programme in many of its schools. Rashtriya Jharkhand SevaSansthan and many local NGOs guide the sansads in the schools here. The ministry after fine tuning the best practices provided by the schools would frame its own set of regulations for the Balsansads. It has further decided to give prize money amounting to Rupees One lakh to the best BalSansad in a state.
The Bal Sansad would work on the guidelines of the Lok Sabha with a cabinet led by the PM and a dynamic opposition. The sansad would take up the problems in the school and outside pertaining to cleanliness, gender, education and environment and with the help and the inputs given by the teachers and the principal would try to decide on the best way to resolve the issue. It would also be involved in spreading awareness with respect to gender parity and education.
It would also be actively involved in the cultural and social activities in the school. Sports and other such competitions in the school would also have their say in it. The sansad would meet once a month to discuss issues of social concern and school specific concerns. The sansad would be dissolved every year and a new one formed so that most of the students get the chance of being involved with it.
This gives them a change to get involved in matters of national interests.