Project Brief prepared by Lia J - Year 10 and Head Student:
In preparation for our upcoming Unicef United Nations Conference in New York, the Student Parliament is working in partnership with Youth Vote Philippines to develop the Boto Mo, Bukas Ko program.
Boto Mo, Bukas Ko is a Filipino phrase meaning: Your Vote is My Future. Boto Mo, Bukas Ko is an education programme focused on Strengthening Institutions, Good Governance, Citizens and Communities.
Specifically focusing on Social Development Goal (SDG) 16, while practicing SDG 4 through educating youth filipinos aged 11-17.
This program is also aligned with the upcoming Philippine Election to help young Filipinos of non-voting age to educate them on voting, governance, leadership, integrity and the importance of institutions. We foresee this to be a continuing program extending beyond this election year.
The objectives of our partnership with BotoMo, Bukas Ko are:
1. To use the Global Challenge as a platform for Voters education and Responsible Citizenship
2. To raise awareness on Governance, Leadership and Citizenship among the youth
3. To generate a better understanding among young people on the importance of Government, Policy and Institutions and how this impacts on creating a better world
Through this, we hope that not only will the youth be able to apply SDG 4 and 16 in elections, but only through life activities.
For example, to always question if a plan/ person is representing the qualities portrayed in the Global Goals.
We aim to achieve these objectives through a range of ways including developing workshops for young people to learn about politics and creating a voting game that simulates elections to teach the voting process.
Boto mo, Bukas ko was created as part of the requirements for the New York UN Conference with UNICEF, but it has become more than just a project, it’s our future.