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					       Project Citizen
Educating Tomorrow’s Citizens Today
 Joseph E. Kahne, an education professor
 and researcher found that…
“…students are more likely to be active in
civic and political life after they leave school
if they take part during their school years in
civic education activities.”
“Classroom-based activities have a
statistically significant impact on students’
civic and political involvement and their
intent to vote.”
Educating for Democratic Citizenship
          Questions to Consider
1. What is the problem?
2. Who has the authority to resolve the
3. What is one viable solution to the problem?
4. Who in the community might support your
   solution? …oppose it?
5. How would you convince others to support
   you solution?
6. How would you convince the responsible
   authority to adopt you solution?
What is Project Citizen?
 Education for democratic citizenship
 Teaches students how to appropriately and
  effectively monitor and influence public policy
 Interdisciplinary instructional program for
  adolescents and adults
 • Focuses citizen engagement in self-governance
 • Applies learning to real world issues
 • Uses cooperative learning
 • Serves as a model performance assessment
What are the Goals of Project Citizen?
 The primary goal of Project Citizen is to
 develop in citizens a commitment to active
 civic participation and self-governance by
 providing the knowledge and skills required for
  effective citizenship
 providing practical experience designed to
  foster a sense of competence and efficacy
 developing an understanding of the importance
  of civic participation
 Project Citizen Programs in Latin America
Project Citizen has been implemented throughout
Latin America in partnerships with various NGOs,
universities, and ministries of education.
     Argentina            Guatemala
     Bolivia              Honduras
     Brasil               Mexico
     Chile                Panama
     Colombia             Paraguay
     Costa Rica           Peru
     Ecuador              Venezuela
What is the Sequence of Project
 Students work together to identify and study a
  problem in their community.
 They propose a solution in the form of a public
  policy recommendation.
 They develop an action plan for getting their
  policy proposal adopted and implemented.
 Students present their work in a visual and
  written display and present it in a simulated
  public hearing.
 Although not required, in many instances students
  appear before the government authority
  responsible for enacting their proposed policy.
Project Citizen- Step 1
Identifying public policy problems in
Identifying Public Policy Problems
                   Students identify public
                   policy problems in their
                   communities by
                   discussing them with
                    each other
                   interviewing family
                    members and other
                   reading newspapers and
                    other print sources
                   listening to news reports
                    on radio and TV
Project Citizen - Step 2
 Selecting a problem for study
                      Problems in
                    our community
              1. Drugs      3. Pollution
              2. Violence   4.
What Criteria is Used to Select a
1) Is the problem you selected important to
   you and other people in your community?
2) Does government have some responsibility
   to deal with this problem?
3) Will there be sufficient information about
   the problem to develop a good project?
4) Is there a realistic possibility of solving the
   problem selected?
Project Citizen - Step 3
                           on the problem
  Gathering Information
                     Students gather information on the
                      chosen public policy problem from a
                      variety of sources

 Interviews and surveys t Printed sources
 Radio and television t Libraries t Internet
   Scholars and professors t Lawyers and
Community organizations and interest groups
 Legislative offices t Administrative offices
Project Citizen – Step 4

Developing a                                    Action

display            Our


Visual Display
Written Documentation
Project Citizen - Step 5
Presenting the project to the public
Step 6 - Reflecting on the Learning
 What and how you and other students learned
 civic knowledge
 civic skills
 civic dispositions
 What you learned from being part of a team
  working to solve a problem
What are the Instructional Advantages
of Project Citizen?
 Throughout the project students have real world
  opportunities to practice English language
  learning skills – reading, writing, speaking
 Students connect with real problems and events in
  their communities
 Students integrate a variety of related concepts
  and ideas
 Students may use knowledge and skills from
  multiple disciplines
 Students work with clear, attainable goals
What are the Instructional Advantages
of Project Citizen?
 Students learn to cooperate with peers in
  group settings
 Students evaluate their own progress through
 Students relate assessment activities to
  instructional activities
 Students benefit from the involvement of
  parents and other community members
        For more information contact

          Michael G. Fischer
          Educational Consultant
        Los Angeles, California, USA
             Ph: 818-610-9075
     Facebook: Michael G. Fischer

       IN PERU
Civic Education at
the Peruvian Binational Centers

The Peruvian Binational Centers have been implementing 
Civic Education Programs with very positive results among 
their English teachers and students since 2004.

The pilot program was carried out at the Chiclayo BNC
with the support of the Center for Civic Education and the 
US Embassy in Lima.  

The program  has three components:
-Project Citizen is part of the ELT Advanced Program
-READ Chiclayo
-Summer English Language Institutes for Public School Teachers
  Proyecto Ciudadano – Mejores

Project Citizen for Better Citizens is a civic program, sponsored by the
U. S. Embassy in Lima with the cooperation of the Peruvian Binational
Centers, which aims to strengthen the Civic and Citizenship Education
area of the Regular Basic Educativo
System in Peru.

The main objective is the integration
and implementation of Project Citizen as
a participatory project to be developed by
high school students as part of the national
  MOU Agreement with the Ministry of
  Education of Peru

“Project  Citizen  for  Better  Citizens”  was  approved 
to start under the Resolución Directoral 0166-2010-
ED, which was signed on February 09 of 2010 by the 
Peruvian Ministry of Education.

This  document  legally  authorizes  the  training  of 
Peruvian  Public  School  Teachers  in  Project  Citizen, 
as  part  of  the  Peruvian  National  Curriculum  for 
Public Education.
Program objectives:

   To  join  efforts  with  the  civil  society  in  order  to  support, 
   strengthen and enhance Civic Education at Public Schools in Peru, 
   through the promotion of civic and democratic values.
   To promote a culture of peace and legality through workshops for 
   public school teachers, improving their insight and understanding 
   of  the  policies  and  governmental  institutions  that  safeguard  the 
   coexistence of Peruvian Citizens.
   To  reinforce  youth  education,  raising  awareness  among  high 
   school  students  on  the  importance  of  a  peaceful  and  organized 
   participation of civil society in solving common problems in their 
   neighborhoods and communities. 
 Project Citizen program:

A Diploma for a total of 220 hours  is awarded to 
teachers upon the completion of the Project 
Citizen Program:

-40 hours of training workshops
-20 hours of research and project preparation
-80 hours of in-class implementation
-80 hours of monitoring students performance to 
undergo a Project Citizen program. 
Project Citizen tools in social networking:
 Project Citizen Showcases

- Local Showcases

- Regional Showcases
Ámbitos y metas
 Public School teachers: 2010 - 2012

                         2010       2011         2012       TOTAL
                       DOCENTES   DOCENTES     DOCENTES    DOCENTES
     AMAZONAS              0          0           95          95
     ANCASH               0          2                0       2
     AREQUIPA            108         57              30      195
     AYACUCHO             0          16              42       58
     CAJAMARCA            25         23               0       48
     CUSCO                40        113              65      218
     ICA                  0          6                0       6
     JUNIN                0          78               0       78
     LA LIBERTAD          9          52               0       61
     LAMBAYEQUE          101         60              35      196
     LIMA PROVINCIAS      0          5                0       5
     MADRE DE DIOS        10         16               0       26
     MOQUEGUA             28         0                0       28
     PIURA                0         103              120     223
     PUNO                 28         22               0       50
     TACNA                29         0                0       29
     TARAPOTO             0          0                2       2
     BINACIONALES         0          0               150     150
         16               378        553             539     1470
         LIMA             107        336             552      995
                                             TOTAL           2465

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