By taking part in and carrying out exercises to do with the Global Vote Day, the pupils get to understand how democracy works in practice.
Get the pupils to work in pairs/small groups on different tasks to prepare for election day. Some can make the ballot boxes or the voting booths, while others decorate the voting station, cut out ballot papers, draw up election registers, etc. If you want to invite parents, local leaders and/or local media to your election day, that can be the job of another group.
Ballot boxes can be made from all sorts of materials, like here, in Nepal. Photo: Johan Bjerke/WCPF.
Election booths are built so that voting can happen in secrecy. Here, children in Burma/Myanmar are constructing a booth with materials from the forest. Photo: WCPF.
A voting booth is necessary to make sure voting is secret. They can look very different. In Pakistan, the desert schools make a voting booth by putting two beds up on their ends and hanging fabric over them. In the Brazilian rainforest, students make a bamboo frame and cover it with leaves. You can also contact your local electoral authority and borrow voting booths from them.
Ballot box made from an old tin can in Pakistan! Photo: Britt-Marie Klang/WCPF.
Careful counting of the votes in Cambodia. Photo: WCPF.
Presiding officers manage the voting register
After making their choice in the privacy of the election both, the children cast their votes. Here, in Sweden.
After the votes are counted it is time to celebrate, like these kids in Guinea-Bissau are doing.
Lot’s of media are interested in hearing what the children have to say!
Your pupils can gather the entire school together to reveal the result, or invite local politicians and media to a press conference led by children (World’s Children’s Press Conference). The press conference is also an opportunity to talk about what changes they would like to see in terms of the Rights of the Child.