ERIS held a four-day training of trainers for Tunisian Ministry of Education officials in Carthage from 27 February to 1 March 2012.
The training, which was supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in partnership with the Ministry of Education, was the first phase of a broader pilot scheme to educate young voters about democratic principles and elections.
Twenty officials, principally inspectors and counsellors, participated in the training conducted by two experienced BRIDGE (Building Resources into Democracy, Governance and Elections) facilitators from Lebanon. The BRIDGE elections training module was adapted for the particular set of participants, who will be expected to pass it on to teachers. The teachers will in turn pass on civic education information to their students to increase interest and knowledge of democracy and elections during the country's political transition.
BRIDGE is a project of International IDEA, UNDP, IFES, the United Nations and the Australian Election Commission.
Photo: Counting at Ghafsa polling station by ERIS observer Maryann Maguire
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ERIS runs rural voter education programme
ERIS holds electoral dispute roundtable
Background on ERIS's electoral assistance project in Tunisia