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Citizenship Education in Small States

Trinidad and Tobago

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Identity and diversity in all its forms present major challenges to countries seeking to best equip citizens with the skills to participate effectively in their diverse societies. The project on Citizenship education in the Commonwealth is one of the followup activities being undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat in response to a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government and Ministers of Education. It is a component of the Secretariat’s education programme, examining how values are transmitted in society. These books focus on the outcomes of this project in the respective countries, providing valuable insights into the strengthening of values in a society. They set out the strategies and actions needed to support small states wishing to promote the values of good citizenship.

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Introduction

The Harare Declaration, signed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting in 1991, set out key principles and values to which Commonwealth countries should adhere, identified strategies for promoting peace, sustainable development, alleviation of poverty, and agreed to support small states in their efforts to overcome their problems. At their meeting in New Zealand in 1995, they also pledged to support democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedom. In 2000 at their meeting in Halifax, Commonwealth Ministers of Education agreed, among other things, that education should be used to promote values of democracy, human rights, citizenship and good governance.

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