Latin American course on the role of electoral bodies with respect to a democratic culture

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Mexico City. The Specialized Latin American Course on the Role of Electoral Bodies in Promoting and Strengthening a Democratic Culture was held September 11-14, 2017. Directed to staff of specialized units of the participating electoral bodies who work in this field, the objectives of the Course were “the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices that would lead to new ideas to meet its goals: identify and analyze the challenges that confront the efforts to build citizenship and to promote democratic values in the region and open new opportunities for inter-institutional exchange and collaboration.”

Representing the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL) was Sofía  Vincenzi, its Coordinator, who spoke on The panorama of the functions of forming citizens and civic education in the region..

In addition to the lectures, the participating bodies explained their work in civic education and in forming democratic values with a focus on some of the following main themes: the bridges between elections and a civic culture; building citizenship in the context of inequality; information technology and its use in civic education; training in democracy from a very early age, and civic education for traditionally excluded groups.

The event was organized jointly by the National Electoral Institute (INE), through its International Center for Electoral Training and Research, and the IIHR/CAPEL and the Institute for Training and Studies in Democracy (IFED) of the Supreme Tribunal of Elections of Costa Rica.

The photograph was taken at the inauguration of the Course and shows Ana María Rodino (specialist in education), Hugo Picado (IFED Director), Lorenzo Córdoba (President of INE), Sofía Vincenzi, Gabriela Ipolitto, a lecturer, and Manuel Carrillo (INE Coordinator of International Affairs).