Young citizens in Action

From their birth young children begin to explore their world and try to make sense of their social and physical environment. They gradually learn more about their expanding community and eventually come to see themselves as citizens. A large part of the learning experience in kindergarten and first grade is socialization. Children are learning to cooperate and share with peers, to take part in group activities and talks, and to take responsibility for their own actions and for their own learning.Citizenship education aims to help our young students learn how to become active, informed and responsible citizens and prepares them for life as citizens of a democracy. It is important to recognize that good citizenship behaviour is based on certain principles. Basic to this is the acquisition of skills and aptitudes in critical thinking, analyzing information, expressing opinions, taking part in discussions and debates, negotiating, conflict resolution and participating in community action.The most effective form of learning citizenship is in a holistic way through active, collaborative and participative learning in relevant activities where children interact and be critical in discussions and debates.