The new Web site Athènes, 500 ans avant Jésus-Christ... enables students in the first cycle of secondary education to learn about democracy in an original, attractive and… up-to-date manner in class.
By Annie Vezeau
At École Mont-de-La Salle, Raymond Chrétien, former school principal turned student affairs officer, is putting all his energy to the benefit of the students that he deals with on a daily basis. Founder of the student Parliament in 1996, Mr Chrétien is buzzing with projects aimed at fostering in the students of this secondary school the emergence of a duty consciousness in their role as citizens by orienting their actions toward participation and commitment.
The new exhibition at Québec City’s Musée de la civilisation — Vox Populi — invites visitors to question and ponder democracy while exploring its importance in the development of our societies. This exhibition is presented by Le Directeur général des élections du Québec in cooperation with Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, and runs until April 8, 2007, after which it will embark on a province-wide tour in which a number of museums have already shown strong interest.
Young people of the second cycle of high school will be able to vote in the upcoming municipal elections. Indeed, the Chief Electoral Officer is teaming up with the Youth Forums of Québec and the Centre de développement pour l’exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC) to launch the 2005 Voters in training election simulation program. Be sure to register!
From August 18th to 21st, the Institut du Nouveau Monde held, for a second year in a row, its Summer school in Montréal. More than six hundred young people ranging from 15 to 30 years of age and coming from every region of Québec travelled to UQAM to take part in this ‘citizenship university’, with a view to participating in the building of their society. This year, Mr. Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, visited this school to exchange with young people and to underscore the importance of taking part in modern democratic life.
At the request of a group of elementary-school students, Québec City created the Conseil municipal des enfants (Children’s Municipal Council). This forum will allow young participants to familiarize themselves with municipal life, while fostering council member awareness about the needs of young people.
With the approach of the first simultaneous municipal elections in Québec, two initiatives for young people deserve to be underscored: the Virtual Council for Young Montréalers and Démokratia, for young Laval residents.
With the publication of two new educational documents, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is taking advantage of the occasion to enhance the Young Voters site with new functional capabilities and to give it a new look.