Inclusive Civic Education Curriculum

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In the Republic of Georgia, more than 4000 students have taken a university-level Democracy and Citizenship (Demokratia da Mokalakeoba) course designed to strengthen students’ understanding of governance, human rights, civic responsibility, to enhance critical thinking skills and to encourage participation in public life. The Democracy and Citizenship course is designed to be inclusive of all university-level students, including those with a disability.

As a result of the course, students were inspired to focus on disability rights issues and continued to be active in this area after completing the course. Notably, two course alumni helped to create an accessible section for persons who are blind or have low vision at a major university’s library, and start a new youth-focused Disabled Persons’ Organization (DPO).

Created in 2010 by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and its Georgian partners with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the course is now offered in 22 universities in seven major cities. Download the Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Civic Education Curriculum: Lessons Learned from Georgia document for details about the curriculum, strategies for making the course inclusive, and outcomes of the project.