Building Democratic Values in Early Learning through Literacy Development
Richard Roe | Georgetown University Law Center | USA
Ketevan Iremashvili | Center for Self Awareness, Civil Society Institute of Georgia | Georgia
Tanya Karina A Lat | Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and San Beda University Graduate School of Law | Philippines
This session will demonstrate how reading selected stories imbued with democratic values, engaging in follow up group activities and creating new stories, young children will develop fundamental democratic attitudes and skills. This will be accomplished through the experiences of engaging in group discussions and democratic processes through participation, active listening practicing compromising, decision-making, value determination (e.g. such as fairness). Story-telling and the follow up interactive sessions will empower the children to develop their authentic views and attitudes towards citizen-oriented subject matters like poverty, racism, equality, conflict, etc. Cultivating the desire to strive for understanding their own needs and those of others will guide them to embracing empathy, tolerance and respect for diversity.