VIDEO LESSONS ON CIVIC EDUCATION FOR THE 11TH GRADE
The contextThe introduction of the ‘Civic Education’ subject comes at a time when democracy in Europe, and in the world at large, is in decline. The growing populist slogans and nationalist trends, ruling “with a firm hand” and the anti-democratic rhetoric tendencies bring to the fore the need for active citizenship. It is civic participation, combined with the principle of representation, that are the foundations of democracy as a form of government that we need to understand and nurture. For the first time in Bulgaria since last autumn (September 2020), students entered the classrooms with one subject “richer” – civic education. It is necessary to work together to recognize the priority of civic education and to help its effective implementation as part of the educational process of the youth.
The ideaFollowing the topics of the civic education curriculum for the 11th grade, we set ourselves the goal of developing video lessons that tell the lessons in accessible language. The 36 video lessons correspond to the knowledge, skills and competencies set by the Ministry of Education and Science for that subject. Videos on topics such as ‘Freedom and Human Dignity’, ‘People’s Sovereignty’, ‘Political Pluralism’, ‘Civic Participation’ and many others can serve both as support civic education teachers and as a method for self-preparation by students. Each lesson is followed by a test to try out the newly acquired knowledge.
The texts for the video lessons are written by:
- Borislav Dimitrov, lawyer
- Daniel Stefanov, political scientist
- Evelina Ivanova, methodologist
- Louisa Slavkova, political scientist
- Radoslav Stoyanov, human rights expert
- Silvia Ivanova, culturologist
- Yavor Siderov, political scientist