Sensitization and Recruitment of Corp Members at orientation camp – June, September and November 2018
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy, in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) established a Voter Education CDS Subgroup in Osun, Imo and FCT. The main objective of this program was to enable corps members use targeted, peer-to-peer voter and civic education to encourage women and youth and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to participate in the electoral process in a meaningful way.
In light of the partnership with the Commission, INEC and WFD officials sensitised Corps members at the Orientation Camps on INEC day in camp. This activity was conducted on June 6, 2018, in FCT, September 10, 2019, in Imo State, and November 5, 2018, in Osun State. The Corps members were enlightened on the INEC activities, the role of Corps members during the election and what will be expected of them as voter educators. A call for volunteers was announced to recruit Corps members into the Voter education group as INEC Ambassadors.
The National Youth Service Corps scheme is one of the ways that the federal government has brought education to the communities of the 36 states of the federation through the Community Development Service (CDS) groups. The CDS groups is a year-round programme of the NYSC in which corps members are organized to work with local communities to promote and execute development projects in their host communities. Thus, corps members play a vital role in the sensitisation and enlightening of the host community members.