Child parliamentarians from Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Harare provinces converged in Chinhoyi for a certification ceremony as the 2010-11 session comes to an end.

The event, which coincided with Africa Day commemorations, saw 100 junior parliamentarians receiving certificates in honour of their sterling work during their tenure of office, which will officially end on the 16th of next month when the 19th session begins.

Some of the tasks taken by the outgoing junior parliamentarians include fighting against child abuse, reviving town councils and attending capacity building workshops.

However, Child Vice President, Honourable Muneni Chirinda cited lack of funding as the major challenge to the young leaders programme.

The St Johns’ Borrowdale High School Student appealed to the national legislators to lobby for funds to be allocated to the junior parliament in the national budget.

Guest of Honour at the occasion, Mashonaland West Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Faber Chidarikire hailed the junior parliamentarians for contributing immensely during the ongoing constitution-making process and the review of the youth policy.

As the 18th session comes to an end, Cde Chidarikire urged the youths to continue with the good work through volunteering and advising the next junior parliament.

Speaking at the same occasion, National Youth Council Director, Mr Livingstone Dzikira challenged senior lawmakers to actively participate in the junior parliament programmes.

The Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe originated from the day of the African Child and was established by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe in 1991, following the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990.