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institute for Southern Africa (NiZA)
August 05, 2005
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NiZA has facilitated
the production of a new manual for Civic Education and community
mobilisation. The aim of the manual is to assist trainers to reach
grassroots people more effectively.
of this manual on Participation will be distributed in the
Southern African region. The manual is available in English and
Portuguese. Its stored in South Africa and the distribution process
will start in July 2005.
The manual is produced as a joint effort by trainers from six partner
organisations from four different Southern African countries: CHRR
and PAC from Malawi, NCA and Civnet from Zimbabwe, Asserco from
Mozambique and CBRC from South Africa. This combined effort is know
as the Civic Education and community mobilisation cluster or Civcom.
A main bottleneck in Civic Education is to reach grassroots people
in an effective way. Further analysis shows that those who deliver
the message are the weakest elements in the system. Training, motivation
and logistical preparations of volunteer grassroot trainers are
often insufficient. Therefore the production of a series of grassroot
manuals, improved organisational systems to work with volunteers
and a quest for funding were identified as major elements for a
regional Civic Education strategy
This manual builds on an earlier manual on civic education, which
was highly successful in promoting democracy in Malawi. It was called
Gwira Mpini Kwacha: Civic Education to build local democracy.
This new manual hopes to show that active participation is in fact
an important strategy to reduce poverty.
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