The Mission of the Namibian Children’s Parliament is to create a developing society with high sense of responsibility, of which children and the youth are part, with adults as partners.
The primary goal of the Children’s Parliament is to lobby or advise government and its agencies responsible for law-making and their implementing machinery to fast track policies that would improve the rights and welfare of children and young persons in accordance with national legal instruments and the international convention’s provisions.
The Children’s Parliament is the mouth piece of children, young persons. It should serve as an introduction to the work being done regarding children and young persons in Namibia.
The African Children’s Parliament Union Initiative (ACPUI) established that there is a way for young people to “learn by acting” and that is by taking part in youth and Children’s Parliaments. Some practices on the benches of a mock parliament can be useful in deciding how to become a patriotic or nationalist and a more active citizen, either inside or outside formal politics.
The ACPU Initiative was launched at Botswana following the first Summit which brought together ninety-two (92) children delegates across the continent. The 2nd Session also brought together hundred and seventeen (117) children and hundred and eighty six (186) in the third ACPU session in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.
The Youth Parliament initiative’s role in the field of good governance and deepening democracy was organized by African Head of States Summit in Maputo. The African Children’s Parliament is keenly aware of its responsibilities to reach out to the younger generation and to share and enlighten them about the need to spearhead the value of post independence African Nationalism, especially with regard to the need to support democracy, growth and sustenance of democracy institutions.