Spark Cresta gives learners a taste of voting

Principal Job Bonsu said that as it is an election year they are educating learners and reminding parents about the importance of voting.

Spark Cresta school organised a voting station for the learners, the same as during government elections.

Kamogelo Mncube places her vote in the ballot box. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

The learners stand in queues with their self-made ID cards excited for the experience. They experienced it all at the station from ID checks, and ink on the thumb to the ballot boxes with Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials guarding and explaining the process.

Spark Cresta learner Lesedi Skgoela. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

Instead of political parties, the scholars had to choose between four options, the talent show, movie day, colour run and a water festival. Whichever wins will be organised for the learners to enjoy.

Sinovuyo Lurene, Nokukhanya Nkosi, Vhugala Sinobolo and Amantle Ramoba shows of their self-made IDs. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

Principal Job Bonsu explained that these events prepare learners to become active citizens and autonomous individuals who are conscious of their role in voting and the potential this has on their pending future.

Learners’ queue to cast their votes. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

“They were very eager to be participating in the voting process and having a voice. They need to experience this at an early age as it provides them with a chance to learn and understand how the voting system works in South Africa.”

Bridget Gandidze and Iminathi Kamtshe show off their IDs. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

He added that the people from the IEC made the event seem real. “The event was a great success, and the learners were very excited to get a feel of what it is like to vote.”

Pholoso Tau. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

The school held the voting day every year in April or May to celebrate Freedom Day and educate the learners on their civil rights of voting as responsible citizens.

Samuel Son Edwards. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni
Olikamva Vanta ready to put her vote in the ballot box. Photo: Mthulisi Lwazi Khuboni

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