AU Watch

Citizenship EducationFor Primary and Secondary Schools’

Purpose of Study

Our ‘AU Studies’ curriculum encourages children to be academically inquisitive and to take responsibility and initiative as part of ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.’ AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and Master Plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance. 

As an affirmation of our commitment to support Africa’s new path for attaining inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development, as represented by Agenda 2063, we are of the view that high-quality citizenship education, through our AU Studies programme, will not only help to provide our pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding of what the Africa of tomorrow expects from them, but will also prepare them to play a full and active part in in realising the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens.

 

In particular, citizenship education through our AU Studies programme will foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, human rights, governance, anticorruption and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It will also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

 

Aims

Our primary and secondary schools’ curriculum for citizenship aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of Africa’s (sub)regional organisations, and how citizens are able to participate actively in all their activities
  • obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the various institutions and programmes of the AU, including its Recs
  • attain an understanding of key social justice issues, including the theoretical, legal and operational concepts related to poverty and corruption as well as practical means to develop effective strategies for dealing with these very complex issues
  • develop an understanding of the role of human rights, governance, peace, law and the justice system in society
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate national and regional political questions
  • are taught financial management skills to enable them to manage money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs
  • are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be entrepreneurs

 

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