Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Federal Election Learning Opportunities

We are gearing up for the 41st General Election in Canada.  This presents us with a great opportunity to teach our children about elections and government.  One resource that can help with that is StudentVote.ca.  Some quotes from their website:
Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to build the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.
Student Vote’s flagship program is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
The great thing is this program is homeschool friendly. Homeschool families can register individually or in groups.  To register initially call 1-866-488-8775 to be entered into their database. Be prepared to give a name for your group, a mailing address, a team leader name, email address and phone number, your electoral district, and the number of ballots you will need for your students. Once you are in the database you can register online for future programs.

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