Seeds of Peace, Successfully Carries Out First Mock Parliament
Seeds of Peace (a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization dedicated to preparing teenagers from areas of conflict with the leadership skills required to promote coexistence and peace), successfully carried out its first Mock Parliament event. The purpose of the Mock Parliament was to replicate the structure and working of our neighboring country. Pakistani Seeds thus organized this event on the 22nd-24th of October 2010 at FCC, Lahore . A group of 28 students from 10 different schools took part as MPs of the Indian Lok Sabha. The proceedings of Day 1 were to enact the election process of the Parliament. After electing the new speaker, PM and their speeches, MPs from various parliamentary parties including but not limited to INC, BJP, Shiv Sena addressed the House. Day 2 and 3 witnessed enthusiastic students having an intense general debate between the government and the opposition, highlighting the major issues faced by India: Territorial issues, economic problems, Kashmir, Naxalsim, and Maoist Movements. This parliament allowed students to learn negotiation skills and how to reach workable and practical compromises. All in all, this event was able to achieve its aim, which was the recognition of Indian issues along with the learning of parliamentary protocols. Prof. Alivna Waseem (Coordinator FCC Debating Society) gave away the certificates among the participants. Some educators and students from India also witnessed the event. Sajjad Ahmad, President Seeds of Peace, Lahore thanked the participants and their parents for their positive contribution and hoped that such activities will continue.