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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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The School Curriculum as a Means of Providing Universal and Meaningful Reflection on Citizenship in Lesotho

The Ministry of Education in Lesotho, through the National Curriculum Development Centre, realised the need to help children through education, by providing them with the necessary life skills to make informed decisions. They will then learn to value their beliefs, their identity and their own people and live with them. They will grow into adults who will preserve their heritage, develop appreciation of their people's social and religious backgrounds and the differences between them, and be willing to promote and contribute to the social harmony and unity of individuals, families, communities, the nation and the world at large.

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