Civic Education Development Project

The BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project (CEDP) is a professional development project to build capacity in people working in areas of democracy and governance. 

This project developed from the concept of establishing a civics and governance component within the umbrella of BRIDGE.  BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections and the CEDP aims to expand the current BRIDGE elections (E) curriculum to include the Democracy and Governance (D and G) of BRIDGE.



Phase 1 

Phase 1 of the project is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and managed by the BRIDGE office based in the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), initially as a one year pilot for 2008/9.



The goal of Phase 1 of the project is to develop a module for adults who are working in the fields of democracy or governance, or for those who simply want to be more informed or engaged in the political life and/or governance of the environments in which they live and work.  This pilot module, called Democracy in Our Place, explores concepts of democracy and good governance, as well as participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes about these concepts.  Democracy in Our Place has been trialled in two regions for this pilot phase – in the Pacific (Vanuatu) and in Asia (Bhutan).



Phase 2

The CEDP team is pleased to report that funding for the next phase of the project has been secured through the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), with AusAID support funding approved in-principle.  International IDEA have also made an in-principle offer of supplementary funding for the early stages of Phase 2.

Work on the first outputs of Phase 2 will commence in November 2009.  Phase 2 aligns with and builds on the outputs of Phase 1, but also includes new elements.


A Brief Description of Phase 2 of the CEDP:

The aim of Phase 2 is to provide support to people working in the field of civic education in the Asia Pacific region, to in turn improve the efficiency and effectiveness of adult programmes to improve democracy and governance.  This support will take the form of a network to facilitate communication and cooperation, and the development of a training curriculum in civic education delivery methods and strategies to support the network.


Phase 2 Objectives:

To promote and support democracy education amongst adults in the Asia Pacific region through:

  1. Providing a regional platform (a Community of Practice (CoP) and Knowledge Portal) for all civic education providers, CSOs, NGOs, statutory institutions, government departments and other structures involved in democracy education for the adult sector in the Asia Pacific region, for the purpose of sharing of experiences, learning resources and lessons learned.
  2. Developing a cohort of senior civic education practitioners in the region with the understanding and skills necessary to develop strategies for the delivery of effective civic education training programmes within their agency and in partnership with other national level agencies.

Phase 2 Outputs:

Phase 2 proposes to deliver the following outputs (dates are tentative):

  • Output 1 (end 2009): Completion of a mapping and scoping of civic education resources in the region (a more in-depth mapping than that conducted in 2008)
  • Output 2 (end 2009): Establishment of a Community of Practice (CoP) of civic education practitioners in the region, incluidng setup of a ‘Knowledge Portal’ for the CoP, and other structures for communication and sharing (e.g. website)
  • Output 3 (start 2010): Development of a Training of Trainers (ToT) for delivery of CEDP modules, and further work on the existing Democracy in Our Place module – to be used as a resource for the CoP
  • Output 4 (mid-2010): A combined CoP meeting and training workshop, incorporating the new ToT, the Democracy in Our Place workshop, and the opportunity for CoP members to network and share – to be held in an Asia Pacific location TBC
  • Output 5 (mid-2010): Development of a module in Democratic Governance or Civic Education Programs, and further development of information resources
  • Output 6 (end 2010): Mentor civic education practitioners to deliver the training curriculum at their national level
  • Output 7 (end 2010): Trial workshop of new curriculum delivered

More about the CEDP 

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