Workshop on Mainstreaming of Electoral Literacy
With the roll out date of Mainstreaming of Electoral Literacy programme fast approaching, the Election Commission of India organised a two day workshop on December 19 & 20, 2017 aimed at concentrating efforts for a final review of tools prepared for the Electoral Literacy Clubs(ELCs) which will be set up in schools, colleges and educational institutions as well as rural communities all across the country. For this purpose, ECI invited Chief Electoral Officers, Master Trainers, representatives from Civil Society Organisations, educators from schools and colleges as well as development communicators from different corners of the nation to the two day workshop, where their suggestions were sought to further refine the tools, check their viability and deliberate on an effective roll-out plan to set up the ELCs.
The first day of the workshop observed its 40 participants review 25 activities developed by ECI's SVEEP team, assess their feasibility, check for gaps and suggest further improvements. The participants were divided amongst 4 tables, each allotted with activities specific to a particular target group. The 4 target groups were students of class IX & X, students of class XI & XII, college students, and members of rural communities. Simultaneously, the CEOs and Additional/Deputy CEOs participating in the workshop deliberated on the structure, roll out and conveners' training plan of the ELCs. On the second day, each table shared the fruits of their discussion through short and insightful presentations in two technical sessions, each chaired by one Election Commissioner and Senior Deputy Election Commissioner. The workshop was concluded with the address by the Chief Election Commissioner, A. K. Joti,wherein he stressed upon the great importance of this ambitious endeavor which will eventually build an India where no voter is left behind.