Education in democracy - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec proudly salutes the launching of the Démocratie en route travelling exhibition



    QUEBEC, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer
of Québec, today participated in the launching of the Démocratie en route
travelling exhibition produced by Musée de la civilisation. The mobile unit
housing Démocratie en route will make stops at some fifty high schools and
cégeps over the next two years.
    Démocratie en route is an extension of the Vox populi exhibition
presented at Musée de la civilisation for more than a year and then offered to
the public in Montréal and Trois-Rivières. This new exhibition, which this
time is taking the form of a "museum on wheels", is intended first and
foremost for new and future electors. "Vox populi was an invitation to travel
through the universe of democracy. With Démocratie en route, the trip is
continuing ... both literally and figuratively," emphasized the Chief
Electoral Officer.
    The tangible involvement of young people will be encouraged through an
educational approach that relies on experimentation and participation as part
of an interactive mode. Students will be able to vote on a topical issue,
compare their conception of democracy or grasp the constraints facing
countries that are not democratic. Exhibition visitors will also watch
testimonies by involved young people and will have the opportunity to discover
different ways and means of experiencing democracy in their community. In
addition to providing a better understanding of democracy, the exhibition will
also invite young people to become more involved in this form of government.
    "Upon exploring the discovery area, young people will find enough
information to obtain a better idea of what democracy is and discover plenty
of avenues if they want to delve into this subject matter further. They will
be able to see the power of voting in action. They will have examples of
democratic achievements or progress in which other people, much like
themselves, have exercised real power. These young people will realize that if
they want to, they can play a tangible role in the society around them and
even become significant players," pointed out Mr. Blanchet.
    The mobile unit will be open to the general public over the next two
weeks and will be stationed in front of Musée de la civilisation in Québec
City.

    Démocratie en route was produced by Musée de la civilisation in
partnership with the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and Mouvement des
caisses Desjardins, with the collaboration of the Ministère de l'Education, du
Loisir et du Sport.
    For more information, you can consult the website of Musée de la
civilisation at the following address: www.mcq.org
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For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information officer, (418)
644-3320, 1 888 870-3320, ddion@dgeq.qc.ca

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