TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians under
the voting age are taking part in Student Vote 2011.
Rather than simply studying democracy, they will experience it firsthand
by casting their own ballot.
The Student Vote program is an election simulation for youth under the
voting age coinciding with official elections. The program combines
classroom learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic
vote on local election candidates.
More than 4,300 schools from across Canada have received free learning
materials and electoral supplies to take part in the Student Vote
program for the 2011 federal election.
"This is our fourth parallel federal election, and the response from
schools has been phenomenal," says Taylor Gunn, Chief Election Officer
of Student Vote. "Classroom teachers are taking up the most important
task - teaching citizenship to their students and inspiring the future
of Canadian democracy."
This week, students will take on the roles of deputy returning officers
and poll clerks, and host a Student Vote Day where students will vote
for the official candidates running in the school's electoral district.
Their vote follows a series of in-class and school wide activities
where students learn about political parties, platforms and local
Student Vote Days will occur on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29.
SOURCE Student Vote - Toronto
For further information:
To arrange a visit or interview with a participating school in your region, please contact:
National Student Vote Office
Chief Operating Officer