Friday, April 12, 2024

IEC WC launches Schools Democracy Programme

The Independent electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape, will on Friday, launch its Schools Democracy Programme (SDP) for 2024.

This is part of the IEC’s voter education, with specific aim at the youth, as South Africans prepare to vote in the upcoming May 29 National and Provincial Elections

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The SDP is an annual campaign, with the IEC engaging with over 220 schools in 2023.

The programme will be launched by the IEC’s Western Cape Provincial Electoral Officer, Michael Hendrickse and Deputy Director-General of the Western Cape Education Department, Alan Meyer, at Bernadino Heights High School, Kraaifontein.

‘’Voter education forms an important component of the IEC’s mandate and scope of work, in terms of the Electoral Act,’’ said Michael Hendrickse, Western Cape Provincial Electoral Officer

‘’The main objectives of this programme, in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), are to promote Civic and Democracy Education (CDE) among youth by ensuring that voter education takes place in our schools; foster a culture of youth participation in South African democratic spaces; transfer skills/ knowledge by teaching and exposing educators and democracy champions in secondary schools on our electoral processes; and encouraging meaningful youth voter registration by making sure that all learners understand the significance of youth voter participation in elections,’’ he added.

 

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