Training for democratic citizenship
(ஜனநாயக குடியுரிமைக்கான பயிற்சி)
v Teachers play a crucial role in supporting learning experience of young people and adult learners.
v Teaching and training are the heart of the knowledge society.
v Teacher training for Democratic citizenship should be of high quality.
Teacher should have the following competencies in imparting this training
v Understanding the institutional framework.
v Learning how to participate and engage in action.
v Understanding and forming an opinion a democratic issues.
Skills and aptitudes to be developed for Democratic citizenship training
v Communication and expression of personal opinion.
v Critical thinking and argumentation in a Democratic situation.
v Problem- Solving in a Democratic society.
v Decision-making, which means how to negotiate collective decisions.
v Intellectual skills which include how to see issues from other people’s point of view.
v Evaluation which means how to reflect on personal and collective learning.
v Political action, that is, how to engage in forms of lobbying and campaigning.
Dispositions to be developed in this training
v Respect for cultural and social differences.
v Trust and honesty.
v Commitment to truth.
v Respect for self and others.
v Tolerance of ambiguity and open undecided situations.
Values to be developed
Democratic citizenship is centred on the following values
v Human Rights.
v Sustainable Development
The role of trainer
Democratic citizenship trainer has many roles to play. They include the following.
v Giving information
v Exercising leadership by guidance
v Giving structure to the participants ideas
v Giving feedback
v Praising and encouraging
Measures for educating and training the students for democracy
v Introduction of self-government in school.
v Organization of group activities for providing opportunities to develop Democratic values.
v Use of Democratic methods for allowing students scope for free expression.
v Providing opportunities for social service
v Organization of camps
v Encouraging different hobbies.
v Organizing visits to legislatures.