5.5 Integrating FAL in the Civic Life of the Community
Adult learners are expected to enjoy certain civic rights and carry out a number of responsibilities as citizens of their country. This topic therefore, examines those rights and responsibilities of a citizen and the role played by FAL in the promotion of such rights and responsibilities.
By the end of this session, the participants should be able to:
• Identify the common human rights abuses in their community.
c) Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
d) Learning Aids: Picture of a wife being beaten by her husband, property in the home is scattered; Newsprint, Cards, Markers, Masking tape, Chalk and Blackboard.
e) Procedure and Learning Points:
[15 min.] Facilitator displays the picture of a woman being beaten by her husband while the children are looking on. Household property is scattered all over the place.
Step 2: Questions about the picture:
a) What do you see?
Step 3: Facilitator’s statement:
“What is happening in the picture is a clear abuse of human rights and is a crime which is condemned”.
Step 4: Group work:
[45 min.] In groups of 5-7, participants are then assigned the following tasks:
a) What other human rights abuses are common in your community?
Step 5: Plenary session. Groups present there work for discuss by the bigger group.
a) Common human rights abuses:
• Child beating and burning of hands, toes.
b) Role in fighting human rights abuses:
• Report all cases promptly to authorities for legal proceedings.
Step 6: Case study.
[20 min.] Voting for parliamentary candidates is in progress in Motto village. Some few members of the electorate are however, confused as to how to vote. At the end of the exercise a number of votes are declared invalid because they were not properly ticked or thumb-printed.
a) How could the voters have been facilitated to vote effectively?
People’s participation in the civic life of their community is their human right. This participation can be effectively promoted when people are able to read and write about their civic life.
[10 min.] What aspects of your civic life do you think could be improved by FAL?
Prepare a list of the most important responsibilities of a citizen which you can then discuss with other members of your community.
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