Education. Disposition. Empowerment.

Education. Disposition. Empowerment.

Shehri Pakistan has divided its efforts for accessible civic education into the following three categories:

Civic Education: Raising constitutional and legal literacy among citizens so they are better informed about their status as shehris. The transmission of this knowledge is done in a way to make government and the constitution seem more accessible and tangible and divided into two parts accordingly:
Structures: state institutions, democratic processes, mechanisms of accountability
Principles: fundamental rights, equality of citizens, rule of law
These provide an understanding of the context in which shehris act as citizens and may utilize the information we provide

(Eg. animations, posters, quizzes)

Civic Disposition: Building confidence and inclination to participate in democratic processes and utilizing the existing avenues of accountability. This also involves creating interest surrounding policy issues and debates which promote critical thinking and learning to how to consider competing civic interests and rights.

(Eg. Shehri Mashwara, Shehri Mukalma, Shehri Quizzes, Shehri Aj)

Civic Empowerment: Providing access to the specific tools shehris need to participate in the democratic institutions and processes we have been raising awareness about. Once shehris have the disposition to act, they also need to know how. This content includes information about specific helplines, offices, procedures for specific applications, and the Shehri HelpDesk which answers specific legal and procedural queries that shehris have.

(Eg. posters, Shehri HelpDesk, Shehri Aj)

Much of Shehri Pakistan’s main content, in the form of animations and posters, concerns the first form of content. Animations such as “How A Bill is Passed,” simply explain the way our government works. This is the kind of content that is making up for the kind of civic education that should ideally be done in classrooms. Participatory content or content that engages followers aims to build civic disposition so that shehris are more inclined to discuss policy issues and help fellow shehris out of a sense of civic duty. An example of this form of content is Shehri Mashwara. More tangible and specific content, like posters that provide direct helpline numbers and ways to contact specific government, is civic empowerment because it gives shehris the tools to address their everyday government/law related issues at their local and individual levels.

Some of the content created by Shehri Pakistan falls into all three categories. For example the Constitutional Petition video which shows a group of students filing a fundamental rights petition against a public university helps explain what a constitutional petition is, empowers citizens by explaining in what situations and under what Article it is filed, and creates civic disposition towards accountability by illustrating that citizens are not powerless and have avenues when hurdles arise with regards to public institutions. This is the type of content that best illustrates the holistic approach to civic education embodied by Shehri Pakistan.

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