A major component of the ELCs programme in its execution phase was the training of ELC conveners. Considering the sheer magnitude of the numbers the project is dealing with, devising a training program itself proved to be a challenge. Finally, a system of cascaded training was adopted.
ELC Workshops for training SLMTs
Workshops were conducted for State Level Master Trainers from the 36 states and union territories of the country in four batches of 40-50 participants each, in February-March 2018.
Considering the activity based engagement approach that formed the basis of the ELC project, and the resources developed, the training was also planned in an activity based manner to engage the trainers rather than following a lecture based format. The vibrant workshop witnessed enthusiastic State Level Master Trainers, who were identified by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of every State, trying out the learning tools themselves and engaging in the various activities. These State Level Master Trainers now hold the responsibility of further training District Level Master Trainers, identified by the District Election Officers, who will then train the specific ELC conveners falling in their respective districts.
ELC Training of SVEEP Nodal Officers
On 13th April 2018, the SVEEP Nodal Officers of all States and UTs were invited to ECI headquarters at New Delhi, for a daylong meeting to discuss the preparedness for the Electoral Literacy Clubs project.
The second half of this meeting was centered around acquainting all SVEEP Nodal Officers with the various activities prepared for ELCs wherein the SNOs, who were part of one or the other training workshops, took the lead. The 35 Nodal Officers were divided into 5 groups and allotted 2-3 activities each. After one hour, each group made a presentation to the remaining SNOs on their activities, thus familiarizing all in the process.
ELC Workshop for training CSOs
A final leg of trainings was conducted under the ELC project on the 23rd and 24th of May, 2018 at USI, New Delhi. However, this training workshop was different from others as its participants were not members of the election machinery, but in fact members of various Civil Society Organizations from across the nation.
The workshop observed the participation of 43 participants from 23 States and Union Territories. The participants were mostly associated with CSOs who have previously partnered with the Commission or CEOs for voter awareness campaigns. These CSOs covered issues related to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), rural poor, poverty alleviation, education and literacy etc. The idea now is, that CSOs will take forward the initiative of imparting electoral literacy through games and activities within their respective organizations as well as the communities they work with.