Civics education is a key priority for the Commission. Declining voter participation is a world-wide and longstanding generational problem and will not be easily or quickly turned around. However, an obvious starting point is our newest generation.
Research indicates that getting young people engaged and taking part the first time they are eligible to vote increases the chances of them remaining engaged in the electoral process and continuing to take part as they get older.
The Commission’s 2011 curriculum-based education initiatives reached a record number of students in the weeks before the last election and received extremely positive feedback. We seek to further develop the place of civics education in New Zealand schools, so that the next generation of school-leavers is engaged and ready to participate in our democracy.
The Your Voice, Your Choice: Learning Units engage students in how they can have a say on the decisions that affect their lives.