In commemoration of the UN-designated International Day of Education, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) recognizes the power of education to transform lives and the need for inclusive and accessible education for all. This year’s theme is “to invest in people, prioritize education.”
IFES prioritizes civic education as a means of advancing democracy for a better future and has invested in strengthening all people’s knowledge and skills around the world. Education focused on civic and political rights is the cornerstone of resilient democracies that deliver for all.
IFES’s civic education programming furthers this mission by empowering individuals to meaningfully engage in their country’s civic, electoral, and political processes and providing them with the tools they need to hold their elected representatives accountable for effectual governance. Without civic education, the opportunity for disinformation, corruption, and electoral fraud increases, amplifying the potential for leaders to take undemocratic actions that threaten human rights, stability, and prosperity.
IFES’s Strengthening Engagement through Education for Democracy (SEED) methodology is a unique approach to delivering engaging civic education content. With SEED courses offered in universities around the world and thousands of students reached, the SEED methodology reflects the impact civic education can have on diverse groups of young people and its power to convey critical information on democratic processes while deepening the skills needed to be active and engaged community members.
Development and implementation of IFES’s SEED methodology and curriculum have been made possible through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and United Kingdom (UK) Aid.