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The Civic and Political Education Curriculum in Nepal

Summary

Shaping a democratic culture of youth
Confirmation of candidature presentation by Rabi Shah

Start Date

10th Aug 2017 1:00pm

End Date

10th Aug 2017 1:45pm

Venue

Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119.Video

Democracies throughout the world are facing numerous challenges to sustain their authority, stability, and legitimacy. Despite possessing a strong historical foundation of having democratic institutions, democracies in South Asia have often failed to fulfil the people’s aspirations and have accordingly suffered adversely in their efforts to promote democracy. Nepal is no exception to this global phenomenon. Following a decade-long civil war, the ending of a benevolent monarchical regime and the ushering in of more democratic political structures in 2008, opportunities to extend democratic governance in Nepal opened up. Despite these efforts, the sluggish economic development, political paralysis, policy stagnation (including in education) and continuing underlying challenges have placed the country behind global and regional standards. There are thus challenges in educating for democracy and its associated virtues, when the lived reality of democratic experience may be less than optimal.

Internationally, the importance of civic engagement by young people is gaining recognition among governments, civil society stakeholders, Non-Governmental organisations and young people themselves. Nepal also has embraced this global phenomenon and civic education has been prioritised in its formal curriculum. Using Ball’s Policy Cycle Approach to policy analysis, the proposed qualitative study primarily aims to analyse the intended role of the Civic and Political Education curriculum in Nepal in developing 9-14 year old students’ democratic values, skills, and attitudes. The thesis also represents an exploration of what it means to educate ‘value-oriented citizens’ in Nepal and an unpacking of the specific context of civic and political education in Nepal.