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                                                                                                                                  Edition 15 / October 2013

 

Youth “Peace Leaders” presented projects to improve their school and community

The Secretariat of Public Education of the State of Hidalgo, in collaboration with the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices – EDUCADEM of the Organization of American States, are jointly developing the Peace Leaders Program. This program aims to strengthen the citizenship capacities of students and promote opportunities to practice them within the school and community, thereby fostering democratic practices of educational communities and strengthening the role of young people as fundamental actors in processes of social inclusion and integration of students, teachers, school authorities and parents. To learn more about this project we invite you to visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/LideresDePazHidalgo (Available only in Spanish).

The Peace Leaders Program began in November 2012 through the training of 80 teachers from 40 public schools in theoretical concepts, strategies and teaching methodologies that contribute to preparing students to develop and lead projects at a local level. Following this training, the teachers began to work jointly with students to create projects that responded to the problems they identified at their schools or communities. During the months of August and September (2013) a call was launched to all participating educational institutions to send projects created by the students. The call collected 43 projects that involved direct participation by more than 2,000 students in collaboration with 86 teachers who prepared a proposal to solve the identified problems.

On September 26, 2013 a Fair of Projects was held in Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo. The fair was a space for the 260 students representatives of the 43 projects and the 86 collaboration teachers to present their projects to a group of specialized evaluators in each of the topics. You may view photographs of the event by clicking here. You may also view a video that was prepared for the project fair by clicking on the image below:

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New Publications

 

New edition of the Policy Brief Series

"Education and critical thinking for the construction of citizenship:
An Investment toward Strengthening Democracy in the Americas"

 


Aiming to contribute to the debate of the importance of citizenship education in strengthening democratic values in the Americas, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, of the OAS, presents the fourth edition of the "Policy Brief Series: Education and Democracy". You can view and download this publication free of charge by click here.

 

 

Launch of the electronic bulletin

"Sport and Citizenship Education: How can Democratic Values

and Practices be taught through Sport?"

 

In order to stimulate interest and promote a discussion that provides key ideas/clues for developing initiatives by the public, civil society and private sectors, on the role that sports can play in citizenship education for youth of the Americas, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, is pleased to present the new electronic bulletin on education and democracy: "Sport and Citizenship Education: How can Democratic Values and Practices be taught through Sport?".  In this publication you can find experiences, research resources and public policies that emphasize the value of sport as a factor for strengthening democratic education and invite to critically consider it in the preparation of formation strategies in this field. The bulletin is available by clicking here.

 

 

 

Education for Democratic Citizenship in the Caribbean: A Distance Course for Educators

 

How can democratic values and principles be incorporated into classroom practice? How can teachers promote the development and practice of the ideals of democratic citizenship in students? How does formal education contribute to develop and sustain democracy in a society?

 

With the objective of preparing educators to respond to these challenges, the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices and the Educational Portal of the Americas of the Organization of American States launch this online course that aims to strengthen the capacities of educators to develop appropriate and innovative strategies and methods for the fostering of a democratic culture in the school and the wider community.

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills to create learning experiences that develop democratic values and principles in their students and fellow teachers.

 

Up to 10 Full Scholarships will be offered with this edition. 


Start Date: October 16th

Registration Deadline: October 11th, 2013 


For more information, click in the following link: http://bit.ly/14SEg9r
 

 

 

OAS Youth Conference of the Americas 2013: Youth in Action

 

 

 The Organization of American States invites you to the OAS Youth Conference of the Americas 2013: Youth in Action on November 5, 2013 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC. The 2013 edition of the Conference will focus on “The Responsible Use of Technology: Democracy and Privacy in a Modern World” and “Game Changers of the Americas: Making Money and Making a Difference.”

 

The Conference will also include a Virtual Forum hosted online from October 1 to November 5, 2013, as well as an Expo showcasing youth programs and activities on the day of the Conference.

 

To participate in the Virtual Forum, please visit one of the 3 websites below:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OASofficial 

 

Google Moderator: www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=20c33e 

 

Summit Virtual Community: http://svc.summit-americas.org/?q=youth_2013_en 

 

For more information on the Conference to take part in the Virtual Forum and to register, please visit www.oas.org/youth or email oasyouth@oas.org.

 

 

Editorial:

Romina Kasman

Jaime Solano Cardoso

Marisa Garcia Lozano

 

Design:

Diana Valentina Pernett

 

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