The circular reads "Schools in India may also orient eligible students born in the millennium year 2000, if any, about the importance of voting, getting Voter IDs from the office of Election Commission, being responsible citizens by casting their vote etc. Schools may also felicitate them as prospective first millennium voters."
Students born in the year 2000, the cusp of the millennium, would be 18 years of age next year which is the legal age for casting vote in India. The initiative to educate and encourage students while still in school is commendable. The innovative way to celebrate democracy will surely inspire students to get enrolled as voters.
Other than the education on democracy and voting, CBSE has listed some other activities which schools can conduct on August 15 for 70th Independence Day celebration. These activities include:
- Cleanliness Drive under Sawchch Bharat Programme /Community Service
- Sports Competition (including indigenous sports)
- Cultural Programme/Music/Dance/One act play
- Plantation drive/sensitization programs on environment/conservation of water
- Teaching about Freedom Movement/ National Flag
- Learning and singing Patriotic Songs/National Anthem
- Poem Recitation/Essay Writing/ Quiz/ Debate/ Declamation Competitions
- Screening a movie related to independence
- Art and Craft activity
- Visit to a historically important place(s)