The old adage, ‘children should be seen but not heard’ was totally turned on its head last week when Javea town hall passed an official act to form what is thought to be the first ever Children’s Council in the province of Valencia.
In doing so, Councillor for Citizen Participation Cesc Camprubi said, “We cannot solve a problem with the same logic that created it, so maybe fresh young minds will offer different new solutions to old problems?”
The new ‘Consell Xiguets dels’ consists of twenty two young citizens aged 10 to 12 selected from local primary and secondary schools by open ballot conducted amongst 422 fellow students.
As representatives of the young generation, they will be invited to voice opinions about projects proposed by the town hall, as well as express their needs, likes and dislikes, at regular meetings over the following two years.
Addressing an audience of children, parents and teachers in the council chamber, Councillor Camprubi said, “As we adults get older, we lose creativity, become restrained by social conventions, by what people say or by certain cultural patterns. Children are capable of doing great things and have great capacity for dealing with any problems and not wasting time with discussions that often merely complicate the situation.”
At the end of the inauguration ceremony, Javea Mayor Jose Chulvi welcomed the new student councillors into the fold and presented each with an official pin and certificate.
By Benny Davis