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A Framework for Heritage, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Education

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Following the 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Halifax, Canada, in November 2000, the Commonwealth Secretariat organised a seminar with the theme ‘A Commonwealth Framework for Heritage, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Education’ in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April 2002.



This publication was compiled from the papers and proceedings of the seminar. It is a result of collaborative work undertaken by educationalists, curriculum developers and leading experts to develop a framework for an innovative approach to citizenship education, to strengthen a culture of fairness, equity, tolerance and respect.



This groundbreaking approach involves the key elements of heritage, multiculturalism and citizenship. The framework, easily adapted to individual countries, serves as a basis for organising curriculum and for teaching and learning resources.

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Introduction

Following the provisions of the Statement on Education in the Commonwealth issued by Commonwealth Ministers of Education at their 14th Triennial Conference held in Halifax, Canada on 30 November 2000, the Commonwealth Secretariat organised a seminar with the theme ‘A Commonwealth Framework for Heritage, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Education’ in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 2002. The seminar marked the launch of a progressive initiative on citizenship education. Its objective was to ‘assist member countries develop a framework through which they could prepare and share relevant resources for an innovative approach to citizenship education’, as they endeavour to build more inclusive and harmonious societies out of populations characterised by increasing diversity in ethnic background, culture, religion, values and much else.

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