Written by Sheekeba Nasimi – Volunteer at ACAA
On the 9th of April 2018, a group of 30 Afghans (mostly families) set off to Parliament for a tour. The majority of the attendants were families and it was a pleasure to see that so many young children were engaging with the political process and British civil society.
The tour began at Westminster Abbey, where we learned about the great speakers and speeches from global leaders that had been given there. We were also shown the ‘New Dawn’ lights sculpture, which celebrates the rights given to women to vote. This was extremely relevant given that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of when women were first given the vote. This was also important for our female attendees to witness as they can see the progress that has been made in the UK and learn more about the struggle for women’s rights and how they can actively engage with it. It was an amazing work of art, and many of the children were truly amazed.
The tour guide then took us around Parliament and thoroughly explained what each room was and how the process of governing took place. We visited the Queen’s dressing room, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and many other historical rooms. We also learned that, due to historical agreements, the Queen cannot go to the House of Lords, which was a shock to many. The tour ended back at Westminster abbey where we took group photos and visited the gift shop.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day which all who attended appreciated and engaged with.
We want to thank Seema Malhotra MP for helping us organise the wonderful Parliament tour as well as all of our lovely volunteers.