Part 2 – Case Study Teaching – Examples of active citizenship around the world
The students will compare their ideas of active citizenship to those in the case studies. They will be introduced to famous case studies of active citizens around the world and what they have done to carry out changes around the world; for example, Malala Yousafzai who at 11 years old began campaigning for education for girls and is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The students will be asked to research a famous or ordinary active citizen and write a project as to why they should be nominated for an active citizenship award.
Active citizenship among young people is the best way to promote social and economic change in transitional societies. Three important ways in which young people can contribute to social and economic change include: self-development, interaction and social actions. The first step to nurturing active citizenship among young people is to identify barriers to youth participation starting at home, school, community and institutions. Through presentations and a field work visit with local governmental institutions, students will be able comprehend first hand, how the relationship between citizens and the government is built.
Students will get the opportunity to look at famous examples of active citizens, as well as local citizens who have made dramatic changes to policies and the way in which we look at society today. The aim of this teaching resource is to promote the idea of active citizenship and reward those who have been active participants in society, with the hope of encouraging the students and young people to think about their own responsibility in society.