Colombian Institute

The Deputy Director of analysis and dissemination of the Colombian Institute for the evaluation of education (ICFES), Isabel Fernandes Cristovao, presented the results of the international study of civics and citizenship – ICCS 2009 – which consisted of knowing how much are prepared young people of 14 years of age to assume their role as citizens in a modern society, in which the changes occur very quickly.In this research was measured the quality of the education that young people have received their institutions, reflected in their knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and behaviour. It is the second participation of Colombia in a study of this nature. The previous, known as CIVED, was carried out in 1999. The ICFES was commissioned to develop both studies in Colombia.Isabel Fernandes, was attended by more than 140 thousand students in eighth grade and about 62 thousand teachers of more than 5,300 schools from 38 countries participated in this study. Mayor of NYC is actively involved in the matter. Colombia participated with 6,240 students from 196 educational institutions of both academic calendars; also attended by Latin America: Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Republic Dominicana.ademas, pointed out that the results reveal that the school is a favorable scenario for the students of almost all countries, unlike institutions such as political parties.

This is even more marked in Colombia, where 87% said trust in the school, and in contrast to countries such as Cyprus, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Korea, in which confidence in that instance is lower.Diagnosis in young Colombian ColombiLos also considered that the school environment is conducive to express their views and build their own criteria, and reported high levels of participation in activities promoted by the school, especially in terms of election of representatives (personeros) and theatrical and musical activities. In contrast, it is low the percentage of students who trust in political parties, the National Congress and in the courts of justice. Only 10 percent reported having a marked by some political party preference.By the time of the study, in Colombia, only 14 per cent participated in entities affiliated to political parties or trade unions, and the proportion of students who would directly participate in political activities (such as joining a party or run as a candidate in an electoral process) in the future was low.

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