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PARENTS ''EGO'' PREVENTS CHILD PARTICIPATION
By Mr. Job & Mr. Prabhudas
Hyderabad, Oct. 26. The Children's Parlament at Karetivaripalem, Kothasatram Panchayat, a remote village close to the beach (the Bay of Bengal)  Kavali Mandal, Nellore Dt. AP. is very enthusiastic and have future plans for the development of the village. Unlike the other leaders they don't make promises but live out the promises day after day.
Mr. Ramayya a Bosco Seva Kendra (BSK) volunteer has initiated a children's parliament in Karetivaripalem, Kothasatram Panchayat, a remote village close to the beach (the Bay of Bengal)  Kavali Mandal, Nellore Dt. Andhra Pradesh. They elected seven ministers comprised of Prime ministers, Health Minister, Speaker, Education Minister, Home Minister, Gender minister and Finance minister. Recently in a swearing in ceremony in the presence of parents and elders they have promised that they will fulfill their responsibilities to participate in the development of the village to the best of their ability.  
It is on 20th October 2010, the Ministers have just returned after two day training Programme organized by BSK. They are full of enthusiasm to conduct the first meeting. The ministers and members have assembled and are looking for a suitable place to hold the meeting. Two places have been proposed: the ground in front of the temple and the shady ground near one of the members' houses. Both the places are overgrown with weeds and cluttered with dead leaves. The place needed a through cleaning. The Prime Minister Jedda Anil suggested that they clean the area themselves. Some of the children started to pluck the weeds others to pick the stones and some to sweep the ground.
Given the situation, most of the parents had vague ideas about the Children's Parliament. Some of them were watching the children clean the ground. The parents of Shiva leela and Suma Nageswararao and Venkatiah commented that they allowed their children to join the chilldren's Parliament and not to sweep public grounds. The children tried to say that they needed a clean place for the meeting. The parents could not tolerate their children sweeping the ground. They said ''we do not allow our children to do this sort of work even in our homes''. Finally they forcefully took away their children. Seeing this other parents started doing the same. Now, only few children are left to clean the place.
The next day on 21st  October 2010 the children gathered again for the meeting. They were hesitant to start the cleaning activity. So they consulted some of the elders nearby: They asked Mr. Anjaneylu, Mr. Ravindram Mr. Rajashekar and Ms. Venkat  Ravanamma if it was alright if the children would clean the ground. They responded positively and volunteered to help the children in the cleaning work. The children got busy plucking the weeds, picking up stones and sweeping the ground. They were thoroughly enjoying it. Seeing this the children Shiva Leela and Suma Nageswararao and Venkatiah, who were withdrawn from the work by the parents the previous evening joined the activity. Their parents who noticed this were inspired and this incident was an eye opener for  the parents as they too joined the children to plan for the development of the village!.  

The elders and many parents were very appreciative of the children's active participation in the meeting. They thanked the BSK Volunteer Mr. Ramayya for brightening the young brains and their parents to work together for the development of the village.
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