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27.10.2015 | Von:
M. Saber Louhichi, Moez Ali

Challenges: Tunisia

The challenges

Some of the most important challenges associated with citizenship education are as follows:
  • Revising the topics and the course by selecting from the subject some of the items that are rather closer to Islamic, social and psychological education, to History and even Philosophy than to citizenship education, with an effort to achieve more consistency between the various years of education, avoiding repetition.
  • Reviewing learning, teaching and training methodologies in the area of citizenship education through the adoption of a participatory and interactive teaching methodology taking into account the changes and mutations taking place.
  • Drawing up strategic plans for the official and semi-official curricula and activities in the field of citizenship education while opening processes and channels of interaction and complementarity amongst them.
  • Drawing attention and interest in the subject of citizenship education by getting it out of the excessive theoretical and moralistic circle into pragmatic and practical dimensions, which is likely to be beneficial to individuals, and by extension, to society as a whole.
  • Setting up an active and effective monitoring and evaluation system that is likely to help ongoing development and progress for the subject of citizenship education.
  • Providing the necessary financial resources along with the competent human resources, endowed with the competence and expertise needed.
Some of the most important external challenges associated with transition to democracy in general:

The Tunisian specificity is made in the link between education on citizenship and the transitional process to democracy, which occurred after a social upheaval, in which youth were the major players, as recognized by most experts and analysts. The latter also were uninanimous in considering that this uprising had no ideological or political partisanship, a characteristic that may seem attractive and exceptional. But down deep inside, this uprising had no leadership and was devoid of any platform, which makes its protest base destructive.

Indeed, following the toppling of the former regime, the protesters failed to realize what they would do next, what their project was all about, what their programs were. These uncertainties gave rise to several setbacks and shocks that affected the transitional process.

Education on citizenship is a prelude to arm society with the tools of monitoring, analysis, criticism, evaluation and participation in public life. The educational process contributes in building our political and societal visions, thus helping us shape our attitudes regarding the players in the public life, all in a peaceful, civil and democratic framework that guarantees human rights and public liberties.

Hence, the importance of the subject of citizenship education, as a prelude to societal reform as a whole with a view to stabalizing and establishing democracy in an environment that is still fragile and under the threat of slippage.

Country Profile: Tunisia

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European societies, albeit at different paces, have undergone profound changes in the fabric of their populations due to EU enlargement, European Citizenship, globalization and migration processes. Traditional concepts of citizenship and citizenship education in Europe have to be revised in the light of these developments.

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