"Free institutions, public service and active civic spirit developed to social ends are the lifeblood of the property ordered commonwealth, the fundamental preconditions for peace, harmony and material"
Civic Education Center is created at the International Center of Information and Communication in cooperation with NGO - Information and Social-Economic Problems Research Center in 2003.
The author group have been worked out the program which is intended for people for any age from 14 old years. It can be used by school teachers, as a study program
The basic goals of CEC are:
Preparing the basis of creation of civic society;
2. Forming Citizen's Activity implementation of democratic principles and thinking;
3. Working out the principal and methodological basis of of Civic Education
Analysis of Civic education for globalization process
The technical basis are: Gori Internet Center created by IREX/IATP and ICIC
The Study Materials are:
1. T. Gveleciani, N. Tokhadze, B. Kopaliani, V. Kuprashvili, M. Mshvidobadze, T. Kaldiani, T. Khatiashvili. "Civic Education" for pupils, ISBN 99928-954-0-3, (in Georgian)
2. T. Gveleciani, N. Tokhadze, B. Kopaliani, V. Kuprashvili, M. Mshvidobadze, T. Kaldiani, T. Khatiashvili. "Civic Education" for teachers, ISBN 99928-954-0-3, (in Georgian)
3. The materials of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global alliance dedicated to strengthering civil society and citizen action throughout the world.
4. The materials of Civic Society institute (CSI)
5. The materials of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) - presentation materials at Various Regions and PrepCom Meetings - and Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
6. The booklets (in Georgian):
The work group: Mekvabidze R., Mekvabidze P., Loladze N.
1. "Modern Democracy - Freedom", ICIC, (in Georgian)
2. "Modern Democracy - Individualism", ICIC, (in Georgian)
3. "Modern Democracy - Tolerance", ICIC, (in Georgian)
4. "Modern Democracy - Equilibrium", ICIC, (in Georgian)
5. " The Modern Theories on Civic Society and Government" - radical sight, ICIC, (in Georgian)
6. " The Modern Theories on Civic Society and Government" - economic sight, ICIC, (in Georgian)
7. " The Modern Theories on Civic Society and Government" - social sight, ICIC, (in Georgian)
8. The program on CIVIC EDUCATION, ICIC, (in Georgian)
The work group: Mekvabidze Ruizan; Mekvabidze Pikria, Doliashvili Nelli; Loladze Irakli
Table of Contents
UNIT 1. The Local Government
1. My Neighborhood. My Town
2. Who Needs Local Government?
3. The Functions of Elections
4. Electoral Campaigns at the local Level ;
5. The Local Government Budgetary Decisions
6. Water Problems;
7. Garbage Problems
8. Unemployment at the Local Level
UNIT 2. The Basic Principals of Democracy
1. Different Faces of the Nation;
2. Dictatorship and Anarchy
3. The Role of Constitution in a Nation;
4. Majority Decisions: Are They Always Right?
5. What is Compromise and How is it Achieved?
6. Can Democratic Values Come into Conflict with one Another?
7. Georgian Democratic Traditions!
8. The Nation versus the Country
9. What is Patriotism?
UNIT THREE: Human Rights and Freedom
1. Human Rights: Who Are They for and What Do They Deal With?
2. The History of Human Rights: Basic Documents;
3. Individual and Political Rights and Freedom
4. What Rights Do Children Have?
5. The Rights of Ethnic Minorities
6. What Responsibilities to Their Country Do People Have?
UNIT FOUR: Institutions of the Democratic State
1. About the Authorities and Their Rights
2. Who makes Important National Decisions and How?
3. The Basics of Parliamentary Elections;
4. The president and the Bureaucracy
5. The President and the Parliament;
6. Public administration in Georgia
7. Who can Influence the Contents of Laws?
8. Who Needs the Law and Why?
9. Law Protection Organizations
10. Criminal and Civil Process;
11. Different Aspects of Government
12. The Role of Nation's Constitution
13. Civic Attitudes in Georgia
UNIT FIVE: Citizen Participation and Public Opinion
1. How do Citizens Participate in Public Life?
2. Public Opinion;
3. Should We Vote in Elections?
4. Political Parties in Georgia;
5. The Role of Labor Union
6. The Mass Media and Democracy;
7. The Role of Mass Media in an Electoral Campaign
UNIT SIX: The free Market Economy
1. On Production and Distribution;
2. Cyclical of Goods, Services and Payment
3. The Law of Supply and Demand; Where Prices come From?
4. What Factors Bring About Changes in Supply and Demand?
5. What is Money for?
6. What do Banks Do?
7. What is Inflation?
8. Unemployment: Why does it Arise?
9. Why do We Pay Taxes ;
10. We are Starting Our Own Business
UNIT SEVEN: Georgia, Europe, World, Current Problems
1. The United Nations Organizations;
2. International Market
3. Rich Countries, Poor Countries
4. Environmental Problems
5. Dealing with Environmental Pollution in Georgia
From the September, 2003 the CEC helds trainings for teachers and pupils and invite individuals or groups or NGOs of Gori and Gori Region for discussing some of problems of the region