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TET Notes - Training for democratic citizenship (குடியுரிமைக் கல்வி)


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 Openness.


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 Equality.


v Freedom.


v Justice.


v Peace.


v Interdependence.


v Plurality.


v Sustainable Development


The role of trainer

   Democratic citizenship trainer has many roles to play. They include the following.

v Leading

v Planning

v Giving information

v Demonstrating

v Exercising leadership by guidance

v Giving structure to the participants ideas

v Monitoring

v Observing

v Giving feedback

v Assessing

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.

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