Citizenship Education in Small States

Trinidad and Tobago

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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.



The Context

The twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-religious society. The population comprises persons of East Indian descent (40.3 per cent), of African descent (39.6 per cent), of mixed race (18 per cent), of small numbers of Chinese, Syrian-Lebanese and Caucasians and nearly half (46 per cent) of the population is under 25 years of age. Citizens belong to and follow the teachings of Christian as well as non-Christian religions and there are holidays to celebrate holy days of each religion.


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