Civic Voices

Civic Voices

Civic Voices International Democracy Memory Bank Programme is a project that involves teachers and students from around the world preserving the stories of how their democracy and society was built/changed. Participating teachers work with their students to conduct interviews with change makers within their communities, these interviews are then uploaded to the Civic Voices memory bank.

The integrated education movement has been at the forefront of societal change.  A welcome addition to the global memory bank would be the oral histories of those teachers, parents, principals and governors who courageously stood up against the prevailing attitudes of the time to establish integrated schools.

A participating teacher from Oakgrove Integrated College and current participant in Civic Voices, Jacqueline Callan, said in a recent interview on Civic Voices for Teaching Today:
“It really engages all the students, even those who are the most reluctant learners. It drives students critical thinking skills, develops their ability to communicate and all the students gain from being involved”.

In addition to the comprehensive teaching guide used in the initial training, Northern Ireland teachers have been working on a range of materials and resources that can be accessed and utilised by colleagues.  These resources not only build the interview process into subject delivery but suggest ways in which the existing interviews can be utilised in the classroom. So far resources have been developed for the delivery of Civic Voices through Citizenship, History and English at Key Stage 3.
Two teachers recently visited the US on a study tour as part of the project, Jacqueline Callan from Oakgrove Integrated and Denver Charles from Magherafelt High School. You can read the article from Teaching Today about their trip and what the project means to them by following this link:

Both of their schools and their students feature prominently in an international video made by Education International to globally highlight the project.  To view this video please follow the link below and click to play the video:

A recent two day training initiative involved a collaboration between Civic Voices, NASUWT awnd NICIE

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