Nandana Reddy, the social activist, organized a children’s panchayat in a Karnataka village several years ago. It worked very well. Children learnt to use the panchayat to take up matters of interest to them. Elders started listening to them.
Now the Karnataka government has stepped in to provide children a platform all over the State.
By an order, it has made it mandatory for every panchayat to hold children’s gram sabhas, providing children a platform where they can voice their concerns and problems.
For more information, please read "Children Speak Up" by Monideepa Sahu athttp://www.countercurrents.org/sahu110108.htm