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ERIC Number: ED444907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-4
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Toward a New Citizen.
Suzan, Eric
This booklet discusses a program to strengthen the civic qualities of Mexican citizens in order to respond to Mexico's present and future challenges. The booklet enumerates the current situation, pinpointing indicators that show the Mexican government's need for attention: the nature of the Mexican political system does not support active participation by citizens in monitoring and influencing public policy; the proportion of women who have participated effectively in some kind of political protest is only half that of men; the hegemony of a unique party, murders with political tinges, and scandals surrounding political figures have generated a rejection of politics by certain sectors of the population; Mexican citizens are less well informed than citizens of other countries about public issues; and activities which benefit the community are not generally included in civic education in Mexico. In response to the present situation, the program's primary objective is to endow the new institutional frameworks and governmental programs with the support required for viability and effectiveness in strengthening Mexicans' civic qualities. The defining characteristics of the new citizen profile must be inspired in values and principles translated in inclinations and attitudes; but in order to have a real impact over reality, future citizens must develop certain skills (especially the various communication skills) to be able to act as participatory and active citizens within the community. The booklet states that the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) will contribute to spread values, principles, attitudes, and skills that must be inculcated in the 21st century citizen. It concludes by asking and answering "Who Is a True Citizen?" and "Why Must We Love Mexico?" (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of the Interior, Mexico City (Mexico),
Identifiers - Location: Mexico