ERIC Number: ED480424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Citizenship Education in Small States: Guyana. Commonwealth Case Studies in Citizenship Education.
Paul, Una M.
Identity and diversity in its forms present major challenges to countries seeking to best equip citizens with the skills to participate effectively in their diverse societies. An exploratory study was conducted using the search conference methodology to explore the extent to which government and non-government education programs promote and support citizenship education in Guyana. The target population selected comprised mainly those education programs developed at the central level for delivery across the country, as well as religious and non-government organization programs. The study focused only on identifying aspects of citizenship education reflected in the programs. Findings suggest that citizenship education is promoted through a variety of modes, strategies, and conventions directly and indirectly, overtly and covertly, and more or less delivered universally across the country. The multi-faceted approach to the promotion of citizenship education as presented by the various organizations commanded a high level of collaboration among and between government and non-government agencies. There also seems to be strong support from development agencies, especially United Nations International Children's Education Fund and Canadian International Development Agency. Results suggest, however, that there is not enough cross-fertilization and sharing of experiences to enable cost-sharing and efficient use of available resources. The main issues emanating from the Search Conference were: need for a clear articulation of policy on citizenship education; continuation of the integrative process; importance of sustainability of projects; increased focused and expanded public awareness, advocacy, and public education programs; inclusiveness of the physically challenged; and recognition of religion as a tool for acquiring appropriate values attitudes and tolerance in concert with citizenship. (Contains 17 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, National Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Guyana