The Election Commission and the Ministry of Education on Thursday inked a Memorandum of Understanding to introduce electoral literacy into classrooms all throughout the nation in an effort to combat youth voter apathy.
The Memorandum of Understanding states that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will incorporate electoral literacy into textbooks both in their introduction and updates, and that NCERT will also urge State Education Boards and other Boards to do the same.
The Memorandum of Understanding aims to incorporate voter education and electoral literacy into the curriculum, beginning in grades 6 through 12, throughout all schools.
Classes 6 through 12 in all schools will be the starting point for this integration, which will also include the curriculum framework for all colleges and universities, which will be modified to accommodate various fields and given appropriate credit.
The responsibilities and role that school and college students will play as voters in the future will be taught to them as part of the curriculum and extracurricular activities offered by educational institutions. The Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on electoral literacy today, the Ministry of Education stated in a statement.
With the signing of the MoU, the ECI hopes to expand its popular Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) program into colleges and universities.
The Memorandum of Understanding emphasizes the creation of an institutional framework aimed at formally integrating electoral literacy into the curriculum of schools and universities. This comprises organized co-curricular, extracurricular, and curriculum activities; all of these will contribute to bettering democracy by educating new and prospective voters and enabling them to participate in elections to a larger extent. Getting young people interested and teaching them the importance of voting is essential for each and every election.
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