Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission
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22 Table 9: Electoral education sessions undertaken by NTEC staff to school groups by region during 2010-11 School Group (by Region) No. Sessions No. Participants Darwin 67 2022 Katherine 0 0 Tennant Creek 0 0 Alice Springs Region 12 616 Nhulunbuy 5 216 English as Second Language (ESL) 3 71 Total 87 2925 Table 10: Electoral education sessions undertaken by NTEC by school year level and number of participants during 2010-11 School Year Level No. Sessions No. Participants Year 4 3 74 Year 5/6 47 1518 Year 7/8/9 19 618 Year 10/11 11 565 Year 12 0 0 Indigenous (Remote School) 4 79 English as Second Language (ESL) 3 71 Total 87 2925 Features of the NTEC education program included the development and presentation of joint sessions in a school setting with the PREU of Step Up, Be Heard, a program aimed at Year 11 political studies students that takes participants through the roles of the three levels of government, the election process and the workings of parliament. A separate program was established with the Department of Justice and PREU entitled Democracy at Work, a joint program for new citizens and adult migrants that covers representative democracy including the functions and processes of government in a parliamentary, electoral and court setting. A comic book Have Your Say in the Territory genre was developed in-house as a background to elections and democracy. The comic is targeted at children and young adults and complements NTEC face to face education services, especially for distance delivery. Four caricatures in the shape of a pencil, electoral roll, ballot paper and ballot box and an election jingle were developed for future use in advertising and resource materials, primarily for election campaigning. During the year, nine fact sheets on electoral topics were developed and used with school groups, distributed at shows and made available on the NTEC website for download. In May 2011, NTEC staff participated at the Electoral Education Network meeting held in Adelaide in May 2011. This forum provided the NTEC with a national perspective on electoral education and allowed for the exchange of materials and information. As part of its review of the website, the content was rewritten in plain English and in April 2011, the NTEC awarded the redevelopment of the website to Captovate Pty Ltd.
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