ML Sultan pupil represents women, children in ‘Parliament’

2015-10-22 12:03
ML Sultan Secondary School pupil Cyra Sheik recently attended the National Children’s Parliament held in the Free State. Cyra was selected as the uMgungundlovu District ambassador and addressed dignitaries including KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu on challe

ML Sultan Secondary School pupil Cyra Sheik recently attended the National Children’s Parliament held in the Free State. Cyra was selected as the uMgungundlovu District ambassador and addressed dignitaries including KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu on challe (Ian Carbutt)

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AFTER attending a leadership programme hosted at the KZN Premier’s office, 13-year-old Cyra Sheik was handpicked to represent the district at this year’s National Children’s Parliament.

The Grade Eight ML Sultan Secondary pupil said she was “super excited” when she joined 70 other children for the Children’s Parliament in the Free State.

Cyra was selected as the Sergeant at Arms during the preliminary Parliament discussion which meant she later opened and chaired the meetings.

“It was a very exciting experience overall. From meeting so many new people, staying at the Southern Sun Hotel to meeting Premier Senzo Mchunu. I wish I could go back and experience it all over again,” said Cyra.

Cyra returned from the Free State last week and launched straight into examinations at school.

Speaking at the Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute (MIDI) stakeholders meeting yesterday, Cyra shared her experience.

“We all did a lot of group work and research before speaking at the National Children’s Parliament. We were given different topics to discuss and I focused my time on women and children abuse. I highlighted how women are the rock of our nation and that we need to educate people to stop abuse,” said Cyra.

With only three minutes to address the Parliament, including Mchunu, Cyra said she felt she pushed her point through.

“I also suggested that more projects surrounding the plight of women and children need to be done,” she added.

The days events concluded with a dinner with numerous ministers of Parliament. “We will be receiving feedback on our suggestions and then see the way forward. In the meantime I will be part of organising an anti-rape campaign in the province,” added Sheik

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