By Maria Kandjungu
THE National Council will this week host the Second Session of the First Junior National Council (JNC) under the theme “Enhancing partnership to strengthen good governance in Namibia.” The two-day session is scheduled from 30 – 31 August and will consist of 42 learners from grade 10 to 12, from different schools countrywide. The learners come together and sit in the National Council chamber to discuss different issues affecting the Namibian nation and make recommendation to parliamentarians for consideration. During this year’s session, the group will touch on issues such as effects of human trafficking on the youth, cyber crimes, involvement of the youth in enhancing economic and social development, youth participation in the budgeting process at local and national level, amongst other topics. Inaugurated in 2017, the JNC is the mouthpiece of school-going youth in Namibia through which they voice their opinions and debate matters of national and international concern. The youth body was formalised by way of a motion passed by the National Council in 2013. lts composition mirrors that of its senior counterparts, with three members from the 14 Junior Regional Councils, which culminates in the 42 members of the Junior National Council. The members of the JNC are nominated in their regions through a process based on their leadership skills and ability to debate issues of common interest. According to statement issued by NC, the Junior Council is one of the many initiatives of the NC in achieving its strategic goal of “Enhancing Public Participation in the Law-Making Process”. This programme further aims to develop basic understanding of parliamentary functions and practices, legislative procedures as well as the importance of review and oversight in law making amongst the Namibian society, more especially the youth.
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