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A student of Ekpedeftiria Bouga at the House of Parliament for Teenagers

Konstantina Dede, the student of Ekpedeftiria Bouga, represented our school and county in the proceedings of the CDC of the House of Parliament for Adolescents , Steps to Democracy: Active Participation, held from September 2nd to September 4th, 2019.

The adolescent members were nominated by the Participatory Action Teams, in which they participated and worked throughout the 2018-2019 school year, with a focus on human rights. During the Session, students  discussed in groups , democracy and human rights issues, they discussed with representatives of Parliament, exchanged views and ideas by participating in experiential workshops and brainstorming sessions, designed by the House of Representatives. At the same time they had the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities. They visited the National Archaeological Museum, watched the Oedipus Tyrannos theater performance and more.

 The proceedings of the session were concluded with the solemn sitting of the House Parliament for Adolescents in the plenary hall, during which the students presented the work of their groups. During these days they had the opportunity to speak with Members, the President and other representatives of the Hellenic Parliament.

Talking about her experience, the student says:

The House of Teenagers is a program worth attending as you gain  experiences and skills. You are given the opportunity to be in this space with 300 different children from different cities, villages and islands of Greece and with them, through cooperation and constructive dialogue, you are asked to raise serious issues concerning young people such as career orientation, the existence of psychologists in schools, dealing with bullying by children themselves, etc. All this in front of the President of the program, the President of the House and the plenary of teenage Members!

In closing, I would like to point out a phrase by Mr Arsenis Critona, a young Member, who has puzzled me and made me think of different things. The phrase “how we see others around us is the mirror of how we see ourselves”.