According to UNESCO, citizenship education can be defined as educating children, from early childhood, to become clear-thinking and enlightened citizens who participate in decisions concerning society. Citizenship education has three main objectives:
- educating people in citizenship and human rights through an understanding of the principles and institutions [which govern a state or nation].
- learning to exercise one’s judgement and critical faculty.
- acquiring a sense of individual and community responsibilities.
The Citizenship Education Programme (CEP) is a capacity building programme with a strong focus on individual and community based action. The programme helps citizens understand –
- Constitutional values
- Rights and responsibilities
- Governance framework
Over the years, we have evolved from a direct training delivery to a Training of Trainer (TOT) model which is more efficient in reaching out to larger audience. The programme calendar is shown on the right with the exact timelines for each activity. We work with two major type of partners here –
- Schools and Educational institutions – Here we align the CEP to current civics curriculum – making it more interactive, citizen-focused and practical. The TOT participants are school teachers.
- Civil Society Organizations – Here we facilitate the CEP among the communities that the CSOs work in and the TOT participants are CSO teams and community leaders.
On your right is a 9 month plan of our CEP including the TOT and civic action projects (CAP).
We, The People has worked with more than 80 schools across India in Maharashtra, Delhi, NCR and Haryana, ranging from the government schools like Government Ashramschools (residential schools) in Maharashtra to private schools like The Heritage, Gurgaon.
We are currently working with CSO partners in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Some of the CSO partners we have worked with are PRADAN, Prasad Chikitsa, SNEHA and Jan Sahas.