Panel F.06 — Interculturality, Education and Active Citizenship

Convenors Sergio Ricardo Quiroga (ICAES, Argentine Republic)

Keywords education, interculturality, citizenship, society


This panel invites presentations that address issues of education for democratic citizenship, without discrimination and in peace. An intercultural education that sows seeds of dialogue and constructive conversations for the economic and social improvement of our societies. We advocate for citizenship education that encourages the active participation of adolescents and young people in the transformation of society, recognizing diversity and promoting social cohesion in a context of accelerated scientific and technological changes (Bueno 2007, Carr 2008).

Proposals are welcome for panels that explore practices, policies and strategies to engage students in active and responsible citizenship within a democratic and non-racist society. Citizen education in a context of rapid scientific and technological development requires addressing key points ( Torres, Álvarez Aguilar, Obando Rodríguez and other authors, 2013) to take into account:

  • Scientific and technological development: It is recognized that scientific and technological development is an undeniable achievement of humanity, but it is also noted that these changes have brought undesirable effects for society.
  • Citizenship education: It is argued that irreversible changes in society must be complemented with educational practices that foster social relationships and promote the constant appreciation of the duties and rights of citizenship.
  • Educational institutions: The importance of educational institutions in citizen education is emphasized, which must be open to all students without discrimination. .
  • Civic and democratic education: The relationship between civic education, civic education and democratic education is discussed. It is argued that citizenship education is a broader concept that can include elements of democracy, but is not limited to them.
  • Social cohesion and youth: The importance of social cohesion is recognized and how youth, especially the most disadvantaged, can be affected by the lack of inclusion and sense of belonging in society, despite their participation in the acquisition of knowledge and human capital formation.

On the other hand, there is an increase in interest in citizenship education that has gained relevance in the last decade of the last century and at the beginning of the current century, both nationally and internationally. Citizenship education in Latin America must focus on training for change in relation to the problems facing society and must be contextualized and meaningful for students in their daily lives (Conde, 2007, Torres, Álvarez Aguilar, Obando Rodríguez and other authors, 2013) )

What should be the theoretical bases of intercultural education or education for democratic citizenship from a socio-pedagogical perspective? This involves clarifying different positions and exposing socio-pedagogical conceptions of citizenship and democracy, and emphasizing the meaning of these concepts both for educational institutions and for society in general (Del Aguila, 1996, Carr, 2008). On the other hand, we invite you to discuss the concept of citizenship, recognized as complex and not limited solely to the right to vote. It is recognized that citizenship implies a relationship between society and the state, and its exercise is manifested in political participation and concrete actions (Cerutti, 2007, Del Aguila, 1996).


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