Social Development through (global) Citizenship Education: a discussion about Brazilian case

Bignami, Filippo and Soares Carvalho, Ana Paula (2021) Social Development through (global) Citizenship Education: a discussion about Brazilian case. International Education. (In Press)

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Traditional schooling seems anymore able to handle political and social challenges that are raising worldwide. To reach a concrete social development, citizens need to be equipped with updated knowledges, able to increase awareness of the individual responsibility and potentiality at political, social and economic levels. The concept of citizenship seems suiting this need, since is a nexus between individuals and society, and identifies the political, social, economic, and cultural characteristics of such a link. It is, in fact, defined in specific dimensions, affecting different theoretical aspects (coming from political and social studies) and practical aspects (legal and administrative). The citizen is the key driver of this nexus, but needs to find a concrete setting to acquire and deploy this knowledge . Acquiring the capacity to be a politically, socially, culturally, and economically active member of the society is, therefore, the fundamental component of citizenship education, and framing this educational action in the urban appears a promising vision of education, since it seems the most significant material and immaterial space where the dimensions of citizenship can be seized. Educate to global citizenship through thinking and acting on the urban (citizenship) is our proposal. This article describes in effect the links between citizenship education with particular attention on how it can exploit positive effects in urban settings both on a general standpoint and highlighting the specificities of the Brazilian educational system and Rio de Janeiro as urban case.

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