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Knowing the roles and duties of a Member of Parliament or simply just learning about parliament in the classroom, became a life experience for 80 4th graders from the Kukum Seventh Day Adventist Primary, who visited the National Parliament earlier this week on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

As part of their social science curriculum they learnt about Parliament and was the main purpose of their brief tour, which gave them more insight into the duties of Parliament.

The Parliament Education department is responsible for conducting educational school tours. The school tours are a part of Parliaments ongoing education outreach program to help young people better understand the role of Parliamentary Democracy.

The aim of these school tours are to help young students appreciate the Westminster parliamentary system adopted from Britain, to help them understand the three different political groupings in Parliament and the processes in which a bill is debated and becomes a law. For the first time a “Role Play” activity was introduced as part of the school tour in which students were given the roles of MPs to which they also debated on a mock bill.

The content and structure of tours are designed differently for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.

The Kukum SDA student’s enjoyed their tour and asked a lot of questions relating to the role of the speaker, the sitting arrangements in the chamber and parliamentary terms.

It was an exciting and interactive experience for the young students. They learnt about the role of MPs at the same time given an opportunity to be one. These activities help students appreciate parliamentary democracy at an early age and hopefully when they grow up be more active citizens.

Schools in and around Honiara are encouraged to write and request to visit. All school tours are free and open to schools, church groups and community groups.


YWPG Executive YWPG Group Photo Chamber

The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) held its first meeting for the year on Thur 28th Feb at the Paul Tovua Complex, Parliament. The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group is formed under the auspices of the Speaker of Parliament Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu as the patron. The mission of the Group is to create space for young women to experience and participate in leadership.

During the opening of the meeting the Acting Clerk to Parliament Mr. David Kusilifu thanked the outgoing executive and welcomes all the new and old members of YWPG. He further stated that Parliament will continue to support the work that YWPG does and given that gender is a crucial part of Parliament’s Strategic Plan his office is looking forward to ensuring that YWPG will be the platform where young women can raise policy issues though the different parliamentary processes.

As part of the first meeting the group elected the new executive for 2019-2020. Ms. Regina Lepping is the new chairlady and other executive members include, Ms. Natasha Eddie, Ms. Raywin Taroaniara, Ms. Georgina Tasra and Ms. Salome Pilumate. The Advisor to the Group and Director of Parliament Education Unit thanked the outgoing executive for the work well done from 2017-2018 and welcomes the new executive. The chairlady Ms. Lepping is confident to take YWPG through the next two years and building working relations with our new leaders in the 11th Parliament.


The 7th meeting of the 10th Parliament resumes today, Wednesday the 31st of October 2018 after it was adjourned on September 24th 2018.

Before the house this morning was the presentation of papers and of reports and Bills first and second readings.

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) (Amendment) Bill 2018 went through its first reading and the following Bills also went through second reading:

  1. The ‘2017 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2018
  2. The ‘Development Bank of Solomon Islands Bill 2018
  3. The ‘Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill 2018
  4. The ‘Payment Systems Bill 2018

According to statement of Government Business for the week ending Friday 2nd October 2018, by the Hon. Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela, government anticipates to pass the SINPF Amendment Bill 2018 and the Traditional Governance and Customs facilitation Bill 2018, before the week ends.

Parliament meeting continues tomorrow Thursday 1st November 2018.

A committee established to organize the fourth National Youth Parliament (NYP) event has confirmed all is set for the next Youth Parliament to happen from the 15th – 19th October 2018 with the theme, “Youth Empowerment for sustainable livelihoods: Leave no one behind”.

This is the 4th Youth Parliament event to be organized.

Previously, the first youth Parliament was held in 2009, the second in 2012, a regional youth Parliament in 2014 and third in 2016 with a lot of success stories.

Some participants of past events are now studying politics and law at higher levels while others are contributing back to their communities in different ways.

Chairperson of the NYP organizing committee Ms. Marisa Pepa, in a statement said there was great interest from youths to participate and the committee had received a total of one hundred and thirty applicants for this year’s event.

These applications screening is based on three main criteria’s which are; leadership capacity, community involvement and the level of qualifications.

Youth parliament’s previous program was school based but this year for the first time the youth parliament model is community based.

The Organizing committee also received a wide range of very impressive applicants, however, due to limited space only 25 young men and 25 young women got selected.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands embraces youth participation and some of the various different activities through its education program include educational school tours (which brings in hundreds of school students each year) as well as hosting commonwealth school debate that focuses at regional and international youth agenda.

Chairperson of the NYP working committee Ms Marisa Pepa says such program engages young people with Parliament as the highest institution of the land. She adds participants will learn practical and educational experience of our parliamentary system, in an enjoyable and innovative manner.

“Engaging youths in such program also allows youths to express their ideas, concerns and expectations. It develops confidence, encourages teamwork and promotes a broader awareness among young people of community issues and process of government in which those issues can be addressed” Marisa expressed.

The 50 selected youths were already briefed early this month on the expectations of the program. Ms Marisa during the briefing told the Youth Parliamentarians that this program will give them the opportunity to also experience a little of the life of a politician and they will also learn about procedures, practices and processes of Parliament during the week.

The sessions on Monday 15th –Wed 17th will be closed sessions, only for the youth parliamentarians but the Thursday 18th session is open for the public to witness the Youth Parliament debate that will take place in the Parliament Chamber.

Topic for debate is “Compulsory Voting will ensure Peace-building and Social Inclusion”.

Facilitators will talk about the Separation of Powers, the role of parliamentary democracy in Solomon Islands and the topic during the closed sessions to prepare the youth parliamentarians for the debate proper on Thursday 18th October. It will also be televised on TTV , live broadcasted on SIBC and live streamed on Parliament’s Facebook page.

This four days event is part of the Parliamentary Civic Education Department (PCED) work plan, co- hosted by the Ministry of women, youth, children and family affairs (WYCFA) and supported by Oxfam, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the peace-building fund and UN Women and the Australian High Commission.

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