Civitas International Programs
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
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Program partners develop curricular materials to meet their civic education needs. These materials may address specific societal issues such as reconciliation, conflict mitigation, gender inequity, participation, and human rights. In addition, U.S. and international educators collaborate on the development of lessons in comparative government for U.S. students.
Many international partners have also chosen to adapt curricular materials originally developed in the United States. The most widely adapted materials include the Project Citizen and Foundations of Democracy texts developed by the Center for Civic Education.
I have been waiting for twenty-five years for a student-centered program like Project Citizen. This will forever change my teaching methods." - Teacher, Serbia
Project Citizen is a project-based curriculum that provides youth and adults with the knowledge and skills required to monitor and influence public policy. Participants develop support for democratic principles and values and feelings of political efficacy.
Foundations of Democracy is a series for K–12 students focusing on concepts fundamental to democratic citizenship, including authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice. Participants are challenged to discuss the proper scope and limits of authority, utilize democratic procedures to make decisions and manage conflict, and make informed choices.
“Students 13–14 years old stood before the Municipal Council and presented their problems, findings and solutions....Adults in the room were astonished at the level of maturity displayed by the students....What shook them was the fact that their youngsters were serving as researchers and agents of change.” - Gabriela Bolaños, U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica
Civitas International Programs are directed by the Center for Civic Education and have been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other sources. More than seventy percent of Civitas funding is distributed among Civitas partners to support programmatic activities.
Find out more about Civitas International Programs partner organizations and the Center for Civic Education at the following links: