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  • 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 6: The Right to Belong and the Right to be Different: Diversity education

     Rationale and Objectives:

    Diversity Education: A right to be different:  Multiculturalism and learning social cooperation: the personal is political and the political is personal personal experience - religion, language ,   Families, empathy, and learning democracy.    Multicultural education, intercultural education, nonracial education, antiracist education, culturally responsive pedagogy, ethnic studies, peace studies, global education, social justice education, bilingual education, mother tongue education, integration – these and more are the terms used to describe different aspects of diversity education around the world. Although it may go by different names and speak to stunningly different conditions in a variety of sociopolitical contexts, diversity education attempts to address such issues as racial and social class segregation, the disproportionate achievement of students of various backgrounds, and the structural inequality in both schools and society.

     Learning outcomes:

    • Outline the major aspects of  multicultural education
    • Outline the results of cooperation and  relationship of other groups and  minorities
    • Examine the history and narratives and the  different perspectives of the students
    • Recognize the structural differences between human rights and democracy in different countries
    • Recognize the challenges of diverse groups in other countries

    Suggested Activities: 

    Activity 1:  Debate   : 

    1.  View these you-tube clips and have your students debate about the different issues raised:  The History of American Diversity:     and The Immigration History of the United States

    Activity 2:  Have students discuss and analyze their views on diversity immigration and different narratives

    Activity 3:  Ask students discuss in pairs a time they were witness to an act of abuse of any type against minorities. Ask them to describe if they were to go back in time how they would do things differently

     Recommended Literature:

    Literature on Multicultural education

    UNIT 5: Motivating People to be Active CitizensUNIT 7 Democracy and The Media in a Democratic Society: Rational and Objectives