African Centre for Citizens Orientation

Acts & Reports

Democracies depend upon citizens who, among other things, are:

• aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens;
• informed about the social and political world;
• concerned about the welfare of others;
• articulate in their opinions and arguments;
• capable of having an influence on the world;
• active in their communities;
• responsible in how they act as citizens.

These capacities do not develop unaided. They have to be learnt. While a certain amount of citizenship may be picked up through ordinary experience in the home or at work, it can never in itself be sufficient to equip citizens for the sort of active role required of them in today's complex and diverse society.

Citizenship

Chapter III and IV of Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as ammended) stated who is a Nigerian and fundamental rights of every citizen. Also, there are several international laws and instruments to which each and every citizens can rely on when it comes to their rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the world.

What is Citizenship Education

We want young people and adults to live with an understanding of the legal, political, and economic functions of the society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it. It’s about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. Democracy needs active, informed and responsible citizens; citizens who are willing and able to take responsibility for themselves and their communities and contribute to the political process.

Basics

Knowledge and understanding: About topics such as: laws and rules, the democratic process, the media, human rights, diversity, money and the economy, sustainable development and world as a global community; and about concepts such as democracy, justice, equality, freedom, authority and the rule of law;

Skills and aptitudes: Critical thinking, analysing information, expressing opinions, taking part in discussions and debates, negotiating, conflict resolution and participating in community action;

Values and dispositions: Respect for justice, democracy and the rule of law, openness, tolerance, courage to defend a point of view and a willingness to: listen to, work with and stand up for others.

The most effective form of learning in citizenship education is:
Active: emphasises learning by doing;
Interactive: uses discussion and debate;
Relevant: focuses on real-life issues facing young people and society;
Critical: encourages young people to think for themselves;
Collaborative: employs group work and co-operative learning;
Participative: gives young people a say in their own learning.

Human Rights Education

We work to promote, protect and defend the rights of all citizens in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. We educate the citizenry and raise awareness about human rights issues among our young people children, women and indegenous communities. We act as a voice to the voiceless and train our focus group to know their rights as enshrined in their national constitution and other international human rights insttuments and conventions. Why efforts are ongoing to upload our online training platform, below are useful links and information on Human Rights around the world:

United for Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights

The Core International Human Rights Instruments and their monitoring bodies. Click here to learn more

Universal Declaration of Human Rights