Jagatsinghpur, April 3 (LocalWire): A Bhubaneswar-based educational institute has adopted an innovative method to increase the voting percentage of rural areas by creating awareness among high school and upper primary school children of Jagatsinghpur district.
They are in turn convincing their parents, relatives and older siblings who are first time voters to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections.
Founder of Kinder Garden Pre School and Day Care, Monalisha Mohapatra, said ‘Children are strong motivators, so we have asked them to convince their parents and any first-time voters at home to cast their votes.
We have conducted marathons and rallies in which hundreds of students from different schools participated yesterday.
This is not about promoting any candidate or party. We just want to increase the rural area’s voting percentage.’
Amiyaranjan Behera, a class IX student said, ‘my father holds a government job so he has not been able to cast his vote several times. I have requested my father not to miss his right to exercise franchise in the 2019 elections.
Other students said, ‘We are constantly reminding people not to treat election day as a holiday and also convinced several first-time voters to cast their votes.’
Basant Sahoo, a daily wager parent hailing from Arana village said, ‘I had totally forgotten the election date but my daughter Kaberi advised me not to go in search of work on 29 April and instead cast my vote.’
The president of the school management committee of Shree Lokanath Baniniketan, Pradipta Chaudhry, praised the effort of the school and its teachers to motivate children to convince their parents to cast vote.’.
School teacher Ashok Kumar Baral said, ‘We conducted‘Chunav Pathshala’ to educate voters about the importance of exercising their right to vote. We also sent notes to parents through their children to commit to exercising their democratic rights.’