Civitas Venezuela, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner, is implementing “Learning to Coexist with Values,” a civic education program for preschoolers ages three to six. Preschoolers, teachers, and parents in Petare and Chacao, municipalities in the Caracas metropolitan area, are taking part in the program.
“Learning to Coexist with Values” builds upon the Center’s Foundations of Democracy curricular program. Its purpose is to reinforce civic values with an emphasis on responsibility and respect, both being fundamental for peaceful coexistence in society. The program is framed in the municipality’s policy of “constructing a citizenship culture.” It is also framed in the Municipal Education Department’s policy of creating a culture of continuous development of the learning-teaching process among teachers.
The program features two innovations to traditional implementation of the
Foundations of Democracy program: (1) it is directed at both children and parents and (2) it is organized in the form of a dynamic process of participatory research involving student teachers, teachers, and parents.
Students of the Andres Bello Catholic University developed new resources for use in the classroom. These were reviewed and improved by both teachers and parents.
Participating teachers are provided with training in a rights-based approach to education, which includes the following:
- Knowledge of international instruments that guarantee the protection of children’s rights
- How to establish values such as respect, responsibility, coexistence, and peace
- How to include human rights dimensions in lesson planning
Civitas Venezuela works in a Civitas International Programs partnership with the Justice Resource Center in New York to develop and carry out civic education programs throughout Venezuela.