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citizenship education

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How to introduce citizenship education to young kids at school.
How to introduce citizenship education to young kids at school.

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C I T I Z E N S H I P E D U C A T I O N
INTRODUCTIONCITIZENSHIP
Citizenship is the status of being a citizen and refers to the relationship between theindividual and the state, and among individuals within a state. Citizenship emphasizesthe development of social and moral responsibility through involvement in thecommunity.
ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
Active citizenship is about being involved in your community, having your say andtaking part in decisions that affect you. Above all, it's about people making thingshappen. This often means taking the opportunity to be actively involved in tackling thethings that need to change around you. As a result you will be able to improve the qualityof life in your local community.
 
Implementing the following topics in the class.
1.An active citizen is someone who is a responsible person. 
Responsibility
 
includes both private, personal responsibility and public responsibility.Individuals and groups have responsibilities. Responsibility is about
action,
and itincludes much of what people think of as good citizenship.We must point out that one of the main responsibilities of students is
to learn.
They musteducate themselves so that they can live up to their full potential.Strategy to use: Poster Start a discussion about the rules that should be followed in your classroom. Write eachrule as it is discussed on the board or a chart. Talk about why each rule is important. If students don't suggest anything like the following rules, which relate to the five themes,you can add them:
Tell the truth.
Be caring.
Respect others.
Be responsible for what you do and say.
Be brave enough to do the right thing and to ask for help when you need it.Discussion: Do you think it is difficult to be a responsible person?Do you think you are a responsible person? How?
 
2. An active citizen is someone who shows respect
Respect is similar to compassion but different in some ways. An important aspect of respect is
 self-
respect, whereas compassion is directed toward others. Respect is alsodirected toward inanimate things or ideas as well as toward people. For example, peopleshould have respect for laws. Finally, respect includes the idea of esteem or admiration,whereas compassion is a feeling people can have for others they don’t necessarily admire.Out of honesty, compassion, and respect comes Responsibility
.
Strategy to use: StorytellingSTORYTELLING:Stimulates discussions of social responsibility and citizenship.Develops verbal, visual and emotional literacy, and critical thinking skills.Helps deal with difficult realities in a manageable way.Provides a route into helping children discuss, accept and deal with change.Challenges stereotypes and prejudice and allows pupils to explore a range of  perspectives and points of view.
A story about respect -
 
An American Indian Legend
 
There once was a man, who was raising his young son. The mother had passed away inchildbirth and he was teaching his son all that he knew. This son, grew up and in timewanted to go to a nearby village and find him a companion. Many months passed and the young man returned to his home, and with him he had a woman, his wife. They lived inthe home of his father.Shortly after, they had a son. And the father, now a grandfather began teaching this young boy all that he knew. How to respect the forest, the animals and life. The mother,tiring of sharing her home with the old man told her husband that she wanted the old man out.The father spoke "I cannot, this is his home and he built it for us." She spoke "If you donot make him leave then I will take our son and I will leave." The father agreed and  spoke to his son. "My son, tomorrow I want you to take Grandpa out and leave him. Givehim this blanket." The young boy cried. "Why do you do this? Grandpa has beenteaching me all that I know. Why do I have to do this to him?" The father spoke. "Son, follow the wishes of your father." So the next morning, the father went hunting to the North. The son took Grandpa as far as he could walk to the South.That evening the young boy was sitting on the bed crying when his father came In. He saw the blanket on the bed. "Son, I thought I told you to give Grandpa the blanket?" "I  gave Grandpa half of the blanket. The other half, I will give to you some day." Themother and father understood the message. And they went and brought Grandpa back.
Organising a discussion where we compare what the story is telling and what today’sreality is.

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