More than 10,000 students expected to cast ballots in largest-ever Newfoundland and Labrador Student Vote campaign

May 14th, 2019 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 10,000 elementary, intermediate and high school students from throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.

This year’s program included a focus on developing news literacy skills in the digital age. The integration of news literacy resources encouraged students to learn how to fact-check online information, assess the credibility of sources and become more critical consumers of information.

A total of 118 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote Newfoundland and Labrador 2019, representing all 40 provincial electoral districts. A map of participating schools is available here.

On or before May 16, students will take on the roles of election officers and coordinate the voting process for their peers. CIVIX will tabulate the results by electoral district and release them publicly following the close of polls (8:00 pm NT).

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election was made possible by the Government of Canada.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 44 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

 

RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/nl2019/

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