Why can’t we have a training school for politicians to teach them the basic art of politics? Even if one was there, the emphasis would have to be on practical politics that can’t be taught in the classroom. There is no substitute for real life experience. In this context, the concept of exposing children to the democratic processes by setting up representative institutions in the schoolroom has always appealed to many.In an interesting move three years ago, the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) launched the Children’s Parliament of Pakistan (CPP). This has the potential of playing a significant role in providing training and education in political processes to young citizens at the grassroots. That is how I felt after meeting Babar Ali, a teenager and student of Class X at the Korangi Academy, resident of Ali Goth and member of the Regional Assembly of Karachi and Hyderabad. I discovered Babar at the Academy’s annual day function where he presented to a large audience his documentary on the hazards of eating gutka.