ISLAMABAD (APP) - Childrens Parliament would help protect the rights of children, raising voice for their access to health, education and other basic facilities. This was stated by Prime Minister Childrens Parliament Zenab Samantash in an interview with APP. She said one of the objectives of creating children parliament was to make the children aware about democratic process and prepare them for running the states affairs in democratic way. The parliament will provide a forum to youngsters to press for the rights of the children and ensure their access to equal opportunities. Zenab informed that childrens parliament comprising ten ministries is the project of an NGO, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC). The young ministers in the legislature represent different religions. The minister for minorities is a Christian while labour minister is a Hindu. This diversity of allocation will help children understand how important it is to rise above religious prejudices, conveying the message that all the children are united and they discourage any kind of discrimination, she said. The children from remote areas like Mitthi and Balakot were also involved in this parliament so that the problems of the children living in far flung areas can be highlighted and solved. The children from backward areas have better understanding of the problems of child labour, lack of education and health facilities for the population of their age group. Commenting on the process of selection of the parliamentarians, Zenab said a group of students were shortlisted for membership of the parliament. Then they were given positions in parliament through a transparent process of voting. About constitution of the childrens parliament, she informed that the constitution carrying 34 articles and seven objectives was approved by two third majority. One of the declared objective was to allocate a separate ministry for the children to resolve their problems. We will have a proper check and balance system to observe the implementation of the constitution and if there is any violation of the rules, we will take action, she said. She said the parallel systems of education create an environment of discrimination. Zenab supports the demand for unified syllabus for students. Urdu language was declared essential for all the members of the parliament and no one can speak any other language within the house, she told. Two sessions of the parliament have been held and the third meeting will take place after six months to assess the performance of the members, she added. Earlier when there was no constitution, the children involved in this project were serving on self-finance basis but now the parliament will be run according to set rules. These parliamentarians have their stories of individual contribution towards society. One of the parliament members belonging to Balakot established a school with her own efforts for the students of quake-hit areas. In the morning she is studyy in that school and teach the students during the evening shift. Another member from Mitthi was running her own newspaper to highlight issues of children.