An Eco-pupil’s parliament is an institutionalized representation or democratic form of co-management and co-determination in the process of planning and shaping of school life as well as schooling under the Eco-School program
It offers pupils a structure that enables them to shape school life with support from and in cooperation with teachers,school adminstration and parents
It enables pupils practice and take on responsibility at school and eventually outside school
The core of pupil’s parliament is formed by regular sessions,usually monthly parliamentary sessions where selected representatives of pupils from all the seven primary classes and club chairpersons in a school discuss issues affecting their environemnt and learning; and adopt resolutions to them
The Eco-pupil’s parliament has got a compact structure that conforms to the usual agenda structure of sessions or meetings
The structure has a speaker selected by pupils themselves who prepares and chairs sessions
Before any session,members of parliament submit to the secretary/clerk items or issues for discussion gathered from respective classes that they represent.The issues are put on the agenda,discussed during the session and decison on what action to take is made.
Minutes of the session proceedings are recorded and the school community is notified through class representatives,news round ups,notice boards,assembly.
Pupil’s parliaments may form committees or working groups based on specific projects in the house
Committees or working groups deliberate on issues and report back to the house
Rationale for Eco-Pupil’s parliament:
The rationale behind the Eco-pupil’s parliamnent is to provide a forum for pupils to express their views,ideas and concerns regarding Eco-School and children’s right to quality education.
Pupils are the driving force behind the Eco-Schools and quality education,they lead the Eco-School committee and carry out environmental review in light of environmental and quality education performance
Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community,the pupils decide which environmental themes to address and how they want to address them.
Pupil’s have great ideas about how they can improve the school and their learning ;and make a positive contribution to the community they live in .With this,they work with adults,teachers,parents and community members to develop the school
The role of pupils in improving the quality of their education is paramount and vital
The Eco-pupil’s parliament aims;
i) To provide pupils with a forum for expressing their views,ideas,concerns and expectations regarding the environment and quality of education
ii) To provide the Eco-School and Eco-School committee with documents on issues to act upon
iii) To develop confidence among pupils and inculcate team spirit
iv) To provide an experience on parlimentary process and develop better understanding on how parlimentary procedures facilitate decision making
v) Stimulates critical thinking, innovation, creativity, communication, collaboration and problem solving skills among pupils
vi) Increases active participation of children (including marginalised children) and to build confidence.
The learners representatives in the Eco-pupil’s parliament ;
i) Act as pupils’ voice
ii) Focus on needs of pupils within the school community
iii) Respond to global issues raised elsewhere and within the school setting
iv) Deliberate on issues raised and recommend to the Eco-School committee for action
v) Disseminate information on issues decided on by the Eco-School committee
vi) Encourage other pupils to participate in Eco-School program activities