ECI Signs MoU With The Ministry Of Education

  • (MOU) between the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Ministry of Education.
  • To incorporate electoral literacy formally into the school and college education system.

Salient features of the MoU:

  • Systematically integrating voter education and electoral literacy into the curriculum, starting from classes 6 to 12 in all schools.
  • It will extend to the curricular framework for all colleges and universities, to suit different disciplines.
  • NCERT will introduce and update textbooks to include content on electoral literacy and will advise the State Education Boards and other Boards to follow suit.
  • Emphasises the orientation and training of teachers in effectively imparting electoral literacy in classrooms.
  • Fosters a sense of responsibility within State Education Departments for establishing Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) in schools and colleges.
  • Encourages various activities to promote voter awareness among students, ensuring they are well-versed with the country’s electoral system and encouraging them to register as voters and participate enthusiastically, with a well-informed and ethical approach, in every election. 
  • Seeks to evolve a robust mechanism to fulfil the aspirational goal of ECI to hand over the voter ID card to every student immediately after they attain the age of 18 years.
  • Include electoral literacy in the curriculum for adult literacy and basic education.
  • Designate one of the rooms in every senior secondary school as the ‘Democracy Room’ for the regular display of voter education materials and the conduct of Continuous Electoral and Democracy Education (CEDE) activities throughout the year.
  • Developing critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills amongst university students to actively participate in university-level politics, including engaging in informed debates and discussions.
  • Devise a system of credits for students taking part in CEDE to pursue higher studies.
  • Providing standard ramps, accessible toilets, proper lighting and electricity permanently.

Background

  • Aimed at extending the ECI’s flagship Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in schools and colleges.
  • To encourage universal and enlightened participation of future voters in elections.
  • To address issues like apathy (lack of interest) among urban and young voters, as a crucial aspect of Continuous Electoral and Democracy Education.
  • There is a concern that almost 297 million electors (out of 910 million) did not cast their votes in the General Election to Lok Sabha – 2019. The voting percentage was 67.4%.
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