Hundreds of Alberta Schools Register in Student Vote Canada Program

Teachers at over 500 schools in Alberta are working hard to engage their students in the democratic process during this federal election. By registering in the Student Vote Canada program, students will learn first-hand how our electoral system works, says Frank Bruseker, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA).

pathology divx online Led by a teacher team leader, schools that register in Student Vote Canada receive free learning materials and a program outline to use during the upcoming federal election. Through organized events, students learn about federal party platforms and local candidates running in the federal election. “These events are valuable in helping students build critical thinking skills and decision-making skills,” said Bruseker. Student Vote is supported in Alberta through leadership and a grant from the ATA and Elections Canada.

download superhero movie dvdrip A specific student election date, or mock federal election date, is chosen and students take over the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks and conduct a schoolwide vote for the federal candidate or party of their choice. Once the ballots are counted, the results are released to the media across Alberta. Bruseker encouraged the media to make the results available to the public. More information can be found at www.studentvote.ca.

“The general population will be voting on January 23 and it will be interesting to see how the votes of Alberta’s students compare with those of adults in the province.”

“With increasingly low voter turnout rates, teachers know that it is crucial to instil in students a sense of civic duty and a desire to become active and engaged citizens,” said Bruseker. “Introducing them to the voting process now will, hopefully, encourage them to take a lifelong interest in our democratic system.”

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