CCD Receives Grant from United Nations Democracy Fund
July 19, 2012
By: Chris Brandt
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) recently approved a grant for CCD to carry out its democracy education initiatives. The grant will be carried out over a period of two years, beginning in July 2012.
Many of the programs included in the grant will support the work of the CD's Democracy Education Working Group, which was established at the behest of Mongolian President Tshakia Elbegdorj, and is co-chaired by Mongolia and Poland.
CCD will work in parternship with the governments of Mongolia and India to organize a Policymakers' Conference, which will provide concrete recommendations for the implementation of democracy education policies and the development of National Democracy Education Action Plans for new and emerging democracies.
Based on the recommendations from its network of experts and the conference in India, CCD will publish a Practical Guide on Democracy Education. Governments, educators, parents, civil society, and other key groups will be able to access the guide online and in print to implement democracy education programs, which will ultimately help to educate students and adults to become more engaged citizens. The guide wil be promoted by CCD at the 2013 CD Ministerial Meeting in Ulaanbaatar, particularly among the members of the Working Group. It will provide an excellent opportunity to channel best practices.
CCD will also initiatie pilot programs in two target countries, beginning in fall 2013. The programs will begin with workshops in the target countries, which will feature education professionals, NGOs, CD Working Group representatives, and other relevant stakeholders. CCD has a long history of advocacy on democracy education, including the convening of three workshops in 2003, 2005, and 2008 in Pocantico to develop the Global Strategic Plan for Democracy Education, which represented a practical approach for implementing democracy education policy at the national, regional, and international levels.
The 2008 Pocantico Conference included the development of a draft United Nations Resolution on Democracy Education, which the Mongolian Presidency has pledged to promote.