South African Students Address Public Policy Issues in Project Citizen National Finals

Sep 20, 2012 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen
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On September 8, 2012, the fifth annual Project Citizen National Finals in South Africa was held in the chamber of the Kwazulu-Natal Legislature in Pietermaritzburg. The chamber dates from 1889 and the room was once graced by presentations from Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

York Road Primary School students with Tanya Mars, their Project Citizen teacher. The York Road students were winners of the primary school category. The title of their project was "Stop Discrimination at York Road Primary."

York Road Primary School students with Tanya Mars, their Project Citizen teacher. The York Road students were winners of the primary school category. The title of their project was "Stop Discrimination at York Road Primary."

Schools from six different provinces of South Africa participated, demonstrating their newly acquired civic knowledge on topics such as water quality problems, litter in schools, illegal dumping and littering, drug and substance abuse, gang violence, and discrimination.

Karl Stoltz, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State, presenting certificates and a trophy to students from Moremaphofu Intermediate School.

Karl Stoltz, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State, presenting certificates and a trophy to students from Moremaphofu Intermediate School.

The showcase was organized by South Africa Civitas coordinator Anash Mangalparsad of the Center for Community and Educational Development.

The winning class in the high school category was Little Flower Secondary on the topic of “Water Problems in Sisonke District.” The winning class for the elementary school category was York Road Primary on the topic of discrimination.

Speakers at the event included Karl Stoltz, the minister counselor for public affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, the Honorable Chris. J. Ndelela, the mayor of Pietermaritzburg, and Mark J. Molli, associate director for the Center for Civic Education.

These students from Little Flower Secondary School, pictured here with their teachers, Michael Zuma and Varsha Rughbir, were winners of the high school category. Their topic was "Water Problems in Sisonke."

These students from Little Flower Secondary School, pictured here with their teachers, Michael Zuma and Varsha Rughbir, were winners of the high school category. Their topic was "Water Problems in Sisonke."

The judges were impressed by the high quality of the portfolios and the eloquence of the student presenters and noted that the students’ solutions to public policy problems were creative and well developed. They were particularly impressed by the documentation binders.

This was the tenth showcase in South Africa.

A student from Shallcross Primary School presents "Litter Hurts" the topic of her group's project.

A student from Shallcross Primary School presents "Litter Hurts" the topic of her group's project.

For more information on Project Citizen, please visit http://new.civiced.org/programs/project-citizen.

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