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  • Project Citizen in Ghana
    The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has held a training workshop for Civic Education Club patrons for senior high schools in the Central Region. It was part of measures to expand the "Project Citizen Ghana", programme to more schools. Project Citizen Ghana is a flagship programme of NCCE, adopted from a United States model in 2006 with the aim of promoting qualitative participation of the youth, especially students, in local and national issues. Sponsored by Hanns Seidel Foundation; a German based non- governmental organisation, the project, achieves its aim by training the students to identify and gather information on problems in their communities that need public policy solution. The three- day workshop, held in Cape Coast was attended by patrons from Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, Winneba School of Business, Mankessim Secondary Technical High School, Nana Khadijah Islamic Girls Senior high School and Swedru School of Business.

  • Focus on fairness marks judge’s distinguished career - Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sun
    Focus on fairness marks the retiring judge’s distinguished career There are two undisputed facts about Senior U.S. District Judge Philip Pro. He is one of the best on the bench, and he never needed a microphone. In a world of mushy mumblers, his voice boomed. He spoke with authority and performed his job with integrity. He was involved in the founding of the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada. He was instrumental 27 years ago in founding and leading the local We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program to boost high school students’ knowledge of the Constitution. Starting in 1998, he became involved in traveling worldwide to teach “Rule of Law” programs in more than 20 developing countries.

  • Marrakech to Host 2nd International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship | Morocco World News
    The Moroccan Center for Civic Education in collaboration with its international and local partners will organize the Second Annual International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship, in Marrakech, on February 4 through 8, 2015. The conference specifically tackles aspects of education for democratic citizenship under the theme of “The Role of Youth in Promoting Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Opportunities.” The conference expects scholars and participants to contribute with such investigations as fostering the field of education for democratic citizenship, and promoting youth’s sense of civic education. Education is no longer merely for enhancing literature and numeracy, but it is a means of shaping the democratic life of youth, and opening their eyes and minds to their rights and responsibilities in society. For more details, including the goals and objectives of the conference, please check the conference website:

  • Teen’s first vote is also family’s first - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Features
    In this article from the Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News & Guide, a We the People student casts her first vote at the age of 18, bucking the nationwide trend of low voter turnout. Yoseline Tzompa was a student in James Rooks’s government and economics class at Jackson Hole High School and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. “Families have these landmark moments, these watershed moments that change the family dynamic,” Rooks said. “I can envision Yoseline’s children and grandchildren referencing her vote two generations down the road, which is the most American thing.”

  • Tahoma 'We The People" Team Wins District Competition - VOICE of the Valley Online News: News
    Tahoma’s legendary We the People (WTP) team has once again won the Annual 8th Congressional District Competition, held October 29, at the Central Services Building. Kristy Ulrich is the District Coordinator for the program. Judges included: Grifan Cayce (WPT Alumni and Attorney at Law) David Moe (Attorney at Law) and Jim Flynn (President of MV Chamber of Commerce, J.D.). Tahoma will now move on to the State Competition, in Olympia, this coming January. Until then, Tahoma staff, faculty, parents and community volunteers will continue to work with this talented group to fine tune their knowledge and presentation skills. Throughout the year these students become Constitutional Warriors. They work in six units of specialty, becoming fluent in the purpose and utilization of our laws, and their application to both past and current events. The competition is not simply about memorizing facts, but rather having an intense conversation with the judges and defending their positions.

  • A Great Civics Lesson - VOICE of the Valley Online News
    If attendance at our candidate forum is an indicator of this year’s voter turnout, there will be very few ballots returned in this general election. Despite the low attendance, the forum still provided an excellent civics lesson. As I said, it was a great civics lesson. Thanks to the efforts of Grifan Cayce, the forum moderator, several members of Tahoma’s We The People Constitutional Team attended the event. Grifan, of the Law Offices of Cayce + Grove is the Attorney Coach/Volunteer for this nationally award winning team; she strongly urged the students to attend– and they did and they actively participated in the lightning round and in the Q & A following the general questions.

  • Project Citizen preparing students for quality citizenship-NCCE |
    Mr Mohammed Imran, Principal Civic Education Officer at the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), has said Project Citizen, was helping build “quality citizenship” for students. He said though the country’s democracy was being reduced to competition for political power, beneficiaries of the project have begun mapping out strategies to addressing community problems. Mr Imran was addressing a training of trainees’ workshop for selected teachers in the Volta region, ahead of a regional inter-schools “Project Citizen” competition. Project Citizen is a portfolio project based on public policy and implementation learning process for students. Mr Mohammed Imran said that Project Citizen had in the last 10 years made democracy “sensible” to students at the Senior High School level, and helped them to appreciate policy formulation and implementation. He said beneficiaries of the project have begun mapping out strategies to addressing community problems.

  • Editorial: Students need civic education
    When it comes to knowing about their country and its system of government, many native-born American citizens know less than an immigrant who has just become a naturalized citizen. Never mind the accent and the lack of a family tree that shows ancestors going back to the Revolutionary War, that newly minted citizen can run circles around many Americans when it comes to knowing simple facts about American history and government. Three former South Carolina governors joined a number of statewide business leaders last month in announcing the South Carolina Civics Education Initiative. This is a forward-thinking plan that seeks to ensure high school students know at least as much about U.S. civics as an immigrant who just became a naturalized citizen. “Civic education is extremely important to all of us,” former Gov. Dick Riley, who also served as U.S. Secretary of Education for President Bill Clinton, said in a conference call with reporters and editors.

  • Long Beach, MS students who pushed for sidewalk project finally see its comp - - The News for South Mississippi
    It was the last step in a project that took seven years to build. City engineers and transportation officials did a final walk through to inspect the newly-finished sidewalk on Commission Road. The battle to build the concrete pathway didn't start with any government official or community leader. It was actually a group of students that spearheaded the project. "I'm very amazed," said Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie. It all began when the Long Beach High seniors were in the fifth grade at Quarles Elementary School. As part of their "Project Citizen" assignment, the gifted class had to identify a problem in the community. The students decided to target childhood obesity. "When you are a kid, you think you don't really have a voice. You can't make a change. And when we researched that the biggest problem in Mississippi was obesity, and especially its high rate of obesity, so we tried to come up with a solution," said Long Beach High Senior Jackie Rojas.

  • Americans’ grasp on civic knowledge is shaky at best, study finds - Editorials - The Boston Globe
    The fundamentals of American civics are not dispensable frills. Citizens who don’t understand how laws are made or which powers the president wields can’t fully participate in our democracy. While the amount of information and commentary about public affairs has exploded, that’s no substitute for formal education about government and civic life.In a recent survey released by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, 35 percent of respondents were unable to name even one branch of the federal government; only 36 percent could identify all three. Alarmed by such findings, the Annenberg Center and 25 other organizations have formed the Civics Renewal Network. The Center for Civic Education is one of the constituent organizations. The goal of the coalition is to raise the profile of civic education.