Commonwealth Case Studies in Citizenship Education

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2310-1431 (online)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/23101431
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The books in this series report on the outcomes of project on citizenship education in the selected countries, and provide valuable insights into the strengthening of values in a society. They set out the strategies and actions needed to support small states wishing to promote the values of good citizenship.
 
Citizenship Education in Small States

Citizenship Education in Small States

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Author(s):
Una M. Paul
01 Jan 2002
Pages:
48
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9781848597952 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/9781848597952-en

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Identity and diversity in all its forms present major challenges to countries seeking to best equip citizens with the skills to participate effectively in their diverse societies. The project on Citizenship education in the Commonwealth is one of the followup activities being undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat in response to a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government and Ministers of Education. It is a component of the Secretariat’s education programme, examining how values are transmitted in society. These books focus on the outcomes of this project in the respective countries, providing valuable insights into the strengthening of values in a society. They set out the strategies and actions needed to support small states wishing to promote the values of good citizenship.
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  • Executive Summary

    An exploratory study was conducted using the Search Conference methodology to explore the extent to which government and non-government education programmes promote and support citizenship education in Guyana.

  • Background

    Guyana with an area of 83,000 square miles forms part of the northern Guiana shield which extends from Cayenne and Suriname through Guyana to the eastern portion of Venezuela. It is bounded on the north by the Atlantic ocean, north west by Venezuela, south by Brazil and on the East by Suriname. About 35 per cent of the country lies within the Amazon basin.

  • Methodology

    The consultant adopted a Search Conference methodology. Phase 1 of the "Search" involved an information-gathering exercise through interviews with a selection of government and non-government organisations which promote citizenship education programmes.

  • Outcomes

    Overall, citizenship education as perceived by the presenters encompasses the acquisition of those skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that will help the individual to function effectively as citizens not only in Guyana, but in the wider world.

  • Conclusions

    An examination of both government and non-government education programmes indicate that citizenship education is promoted through a variety of modes, strategies and conventions directly and indirectly, overtly and covertly. From the standpoint of government agencies, religious organisations, and Youth Can Move the World, programmes are implemented across all the regions of Guyana implying that citizenship education is promoted universally across the country.

  • The Way Forward

    The main issues derived from the Search Conference.

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