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Working Group on Education for Democracy

Background

The Working Group on Education for Democracy wishes to enhance international cooperation, in order to provide opportunities to promote and strengthen democratic values through education. 

Objectives and Areas of Work 

The Working Group seeks to assist, protect, sustain and advance democratic gains in countries undergoing democratic transition, as well as in new democracies. It serves as a platform for exchanging knowledge, experience and best practices in the field of democracy education, for further consolidation of democracy worldwide. 

The Group strives to implement recommendations formulated in the Ministerial Declarations of the Community of Democracies. 

Membership and Participation

The Working Group is co-chaired by Mongolia and Poland, and several countries have been active in its framework so far: Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Thailand and the United States. The Working Group enjoys also the representation of civil society, through the participation of the International Steering Committee. Prof. David McQuoid-Mason from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, serves as special academic expert for the Group. 

Activities

Identifying, Collecting, Organizing and Publicizing Democracy Education Materials: the Working Group invites applications from organizations and institutions to assemble educational materials on democratization and make them publicly available.  The project will encompass the collection and organization of educational materials on democratization, civil society, and civics into a free online format useful to students, educators, civil society, and others in emerging democracies worldwide. The window for applications has been closed on December 15. We would like to thank all applicants. Applicants proceeding to the second stage of the selection process will be notified by December 30. 

Contact:

For more information or clarifications regarding the Working Group, please contact WGEducation@community-democracies.org
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