Promoting Active Citizenship
Cultivating active, informed, critical, reflexive and engaged citizenship is a condition for a living and viable democracy.
Viability means, among others, an inclusive, sustainable society by bringing diverse groups (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) together in developmental, dialogical and participatory ways.
Educational institutions of all kinds have a responsibility for ensuring and fostering these ideas and practices - this at a time of many new examples of people learning to live together creatively. as well as coping with new challenges of living together (xenophobia, racism, violence, political alienation and the rise of fundamentalism and are struggling with questions about multiculturalism, etc.).
These competencies are vital with students in teachers preperation if they are to create a good enough learning environment for their own pupils, teach active citizenship, and become active citizens themselves.
UNIT 2:Introduction to Democracy and Active Democratic Citizenship: Active Citizenship and Civic Engagement
Rationale and Objectives
Since educators have a role in promoting and reinforcing democracy, it is fundamental that they acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of these provisions- historical and cultural perspectives. The aim of this unit is to provide educators with information and principles of lived democracies and representative Democracy through presenting and discussing the Universal and pure model of democracy and its link to active citizenship and civic engagement