Societies have long had an interest in the ways in which their young are prepared for citizenship and in how they learn to take part in civic life. Today that interest might better be described as a concernin fact as a growing concern, particularly in democratic societies. There is evidence aplenty that no country, including our own, has achieved the level of understanding and acceptance of the rights and responsibilities among the totality of its citizens that is required for the maintenance and improvement of any constitutional democracy.

By: Sthabiso Mdledle and Brian Bhengu 

As part of it 2018 themed year, Democracy Development Program (DDP) held a 3-day Civic Education training at the Blue Marlin Hotel in South Coast, from 3-5 April 2018.

The workshop used DDP as well as a partner's (Street Law) learning/ educating material on community building.

The objectives of this workshop were to improve fundamental principles and values underlying democracy in a society, promote awareness of current issues and controversies relating to democracy, as well as to show participants that their participation can make a difference in how democracy works in their country.

The training was attended by different organizations from the Durban region as well as Pietermaritzburg.

At the end of the workshop, community builders/ participants are expected to take their learning and give back to their respective communities in terms of hosting at least one dialogue and a workshop.

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