The Regional Center for Training and Development of the Civil Society

Civic Education and Civic Engagement program

Civic Education and Civic Engagement: 

Civic Education ensures that citizens are better equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to be able to participate effectively in decision-making at national and local levels.

• It is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship. It explains the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government, it is important that we study it because it helps people understand how government works.

• Civic education provides a positive framework for collective civic identity; as such, it can be a stabilizing factor in societies during transitional period.

•  The emphasis of civic education on public participation in governance overlaps with human rights, but the two fields have distinct and separate conceptual bases.

•  Participatory classroom techniques are a crucial part of civic education because they impart skills as well as knowledge; both are necessary features of successful civic participation.

Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities, through both political and non-political processes; and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Civic Engagement / Civic participation covers a wide array of activities in which citizens participate in the formal and informal political processes that address community needs and seek to improve the quality of life for individuals, groups and entire communities