Algerian Educators

Education and Citizenship

After being selected by [email protected] to participate in the Fall 2017 BRIDGE Online Course, I have contributed to the iEARN Global Collaborative Projects with my students on " Got Power: The Future Citizen ( Civic Education)". 

I got inspired and want to share with you my own perception of citizenship.

    Citizenship starts at an early age. In order to have a successful future citizen, we must first sow on him/her the love of one's nation and to make him/her love the values and principles that made up this country. The citizen should recognize the sacrifices and achievements realized in the country, and the hard times endured by his ancestors.

   We must teach future citizens that the freedom and welfare they are enjoying now was possible only by the fighting of their ancestors. This will also develop their critical thinking and lead them to question themselves several deep questions about their belonging and their strong love for their nation.

   The answers to these identity questions, for sure, will be fruitful. They will lead the future citizens  to carry on the achievements their ancestors realized, and hence would start to learn about civism and embrace a vision of social and civic duty towards their nation.

     We, as teachers, have to create the suitable learning environment to our youth to learn this civic education; we should not only teach them these notions, but also have to foster this doctrine in our behaviors and more deeply in our personalities. Our role is to educate them in civic virtue, and raise their consciousness of their future mission and weld them into unity.

If we look at our school syllabus, we can find plenty of activities in our teaching units that promote citizenship.

Let us have a look at the 3rd year textbook; in the teaching unit "Ethics in Business", there are many notions of ethics and their role in forming the right citizen and promoting citizenship. And , there are many other tasks throughout the teaching materials that help us teach our students how to be good citizens in the future.

If you consider the 2nd year textbook in "Make Peace" teaching unit, there is "Class Charter" that promotes responsibility among students and strengthens relationships with the school administration and school community as a whole. I think that these are some important goals of iEARN local and global projects.

Students at 
Abd El Madjid Meziane High School.
Msila, Algeria.

Participating in the BRIDGE Program has led me to act more and more and to try to organize myself and renew my teaching strategies by introducing many suggested BRIDGE activities in the iEARN platform. I also benefited greatly from the local [email protected] workshops organized by the country coordinator in Algeria where I met many professionals and previous iEARNers.

While working on iEARN collaborative projects, my students managed to produce very interesting materials including this video I invite you to watch: 

iEARN Project - Education and Citizenship, February 2018

    We can conclude that education is th efirst cornerstone of the journey of our future citizen towards an effective citizenship role. Education shapes up the future citizen; it opens the gate to take part in and be an agent of change; the change aimed at.
     Within a favorable democratic society , the learner will make into practice all that is learned in school life. Well-prepared, the future citizens will be personally engaged in serving the country.
    In an environment of equality, justice and freedom, our future citizens will practice their thoughts freely. They will develop the sense of belonging, caring for the others and understanding the problems and sufferings of humanity.
      We need this type of citizens to heal the societal and later the world's problems.

By Mohamed Abdelwaheb Chahitelma.
Abd El Madjid Meziane High School.
Msila, Algeria.
March 2018.