CivicEd Curriculum

is the cornerstone of TajRupt’s mission to develop critical thinking skills among the youth. Combining interactive lectures with applied case studies and student-led community life, the CivicEd curriculum integrates concepts from previous ERC courses and study groups. Delivery of the curriculum is powered by the use of technology for course management and promotion of active learning in class.

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Active Learning

The lectures incorporate the following in-class activities:

  • Think-pair-share, Socratic method, collaborative note-taking, concept maps, group work, contrarian debates, jigsaw, minute papers, Taboo, statement correction


Case Studies

The case studies allow the students to conduct applied learning through real-world scenarios. The students engage in the following process on a weekly basis:

  • Defining the problem, considering solutions, setting alternatives, formulating decisions


Community Life

Student-led clubs and initiatives outside of the classroom organized by an elected student council. Existing clubs include:

  • Girl Up (gender empowerment)

  • Youth Perspective (media awareness)

  • Student clubs (arts, sports, etc.)


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Technology

Use of learning tools to promote student engagement, including:

  • Canvas as a learning management system through which students can access course-related materials including grades online

  • Poll Everywhere app to gauge in-class student opinion in real time


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Social Impact

Across the Civic Education courses, students will be required to form pairs and design practical projects that will positively impact at least 10 other individuals in their communities. For instance, Session V students completed 24 projects that impacted 418 individuals - from installing recycling systems at universities, to launching informal student clubs at schools. The projects compete in the Social Impact Challenge, with winning teams receiving project funding.