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"Can our field present a united front to the new Administration? Let's start by seeing if we can develop a set of principles for public engagement we can all endorse..."

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     1.1 What is Civic Education?

    Civic Education is learning for effective participation in democratic and development processes at both local and national levels. It is an important means for capacity development on the societal level by empowering people for effective civic engagement.

    Civic Education is generally understood to comprise three elements: civic disposition, civic knowledge and civic skills.

    Civic disposition

    involves citizens:

    Civic knowledge

    means citizens:

    Civic skills

    involve citizens:


    1.2 Why is Civic Education Important?

    Acquiring the ability to explain, analyze, interact, evaluate, defend a position, and monitor processes and outcomes Using knowledge for informed participation in civic and political processes

    Civic Education is a critical and effective empowerment tool for promoting citizen participation in democratic and development processes. It empowers citizens, both as individuals and as part of collective groupings. Citizen participation is built by protecting individual and collective rights and ensuring appreciation of each citizen’s obligations to the society of which s/he is a part.


    Understand their political and civic context Know their social and economic rights as well as their political and civil rights Understand the roles, rights and responsibilities of citizenship

    Developing confidence to be able to participate in civic life Participating in civic life Assuming the roles, rights and responsibilities usually associated with citizenship* in democratic systems Being open, tolerant and responsible in exercising their rights and responsibilities


    • CommentAuthorRosaZ
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009

    Ahhh! After reading this, i am now wanting to revise my earlier comment to your other post...

    and to say that activism, civic education, and d/d are in a three-part dance, to "create a world that works for all"...

    of course, the boundaries between these three can be fuzzy at times, and they mutually inform one the same time, it does seem to me, that they each have their own necessary "center of gravity"...

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