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Fun and games will come last when a series of "serious" youth activities lead up to Nelson Mandela's yearly children's celebration on July 9.
The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund's (NMCF) youth parliaments will host provincial and national discussion forums from May 20 to July 9.
The forums will focus on leadership and issues affecting young people as part of Mandela's birthday celebrations, NMCF chief executive Sibongile Mkhabela said in Johannesburg yesterday.
Mkhabela said it was important to ensure that the focus of the fund and celebrations shifted from its world-renowned founder to putting the interests of children first.
"The platform is created to deepen democracy and to encourage our children and young people" said Mkhabela.
She said the forum would highlight the children's dedication to the principles of democracy, freedom and human rights.
The youth parliamentary sessions will start on May 20 and will be held in all nine provinces.
The forums will involve other countries such as Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.
The children will present the resolutions from the parliamentary sessions on June 16 at an as yet to be confirmed venue as part of the Youth Day commemorations.
Mkhabela said this was to move away from the pomp and ceremony that was associated with the public holiday.
Mandela turns 90 on July 18. The annual children's party will be held at Nasrec Expo Centre, south of Johannesburg, on July 9.