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Title: VISIONS AND VALUES IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY


1
VISIONS AND VALUES IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
  • EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY BUILDING CITIZENSHIP
    CAPACITY
  • Dr Christina Gillgren
  •  
  • Citizens Civics Unit, Policy Office,
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Western Australia

2
EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY
  • A democracy is an open society in which all
    state power is derived from the people
  •  Democracy guarantees human dignity.
  • Strasbourg Consensus of 1983

3
State Strategic Plan
Governance
Social
Environmental
Sustainability
Economic
Democracy
Citizenship Governance Democracy
4
CHANGING OPERATING ENVIRONMENT FOR GOVERNMENT
Changing Role of Government
Changing Social Expectations
DRIVERS FOR CHANGE
Emerging Technologies
Globalisation
Changing Market Conditions
5
What is citizenship?
Small c Citizenship is participation in the
life of the community and empowerment
CITIZENSHIP AS PRACTICE
Capital C Citizenship is the LEGAL STATUS of a
person as a citizen of Australia enjoying full
rights and responsibilities
6
  • Encouraging and empowering people to participate
    effectively, creatively and critically in
    community life must be a priority.
  • Dr Geoff Gallop
  • Premier of Western Australia

7
A Voice for All Strengthening Democracy
Participation
Consultation
Information
Citizens as Partners Handbook OECD, 2001 17
8
4. DEMOCRACY Developing public trust
redefining the compact between citizens their
governments
3. PARTICIPATION Proactive citizens taking the
initiative making a difference
2. INCLUSION All citizens count have
opportunities to play a role
1. KNOWLEDGE UNDERSTANDING Informed citizens
in a learning community
9
GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS CITIZENS
  • Be open and accountable
  • Consult widely to identify needs
  • Provide appropriate services to address these
    needs
  • Ensure citizens are able to input into
    decision-making
  • Build the sense of worth value of all citizens
    build confidence a sense of belonging and of
    having a stake in the community

10
Growing Democratic Citizenship Capacity
  • We teach reading, writing and maths by having
    students do them, but we teach democracy by
    lecture.
  • Shelley Berman

11
  • If you are not part of the planning, someone
    else will do it for you and it may not be where
    you want to go
  • Response to Discussion Paper on Citizenship
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