Civic Engagement  


Gateway Institute offers civic education programs that are dedicated to promoting a responsible citizen committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy. Gateway Institute believes that civic and community leadership engagement in urban and rural areas is effectively cultivated through Voter Education.


Voter Education involves providing information on who is eligible to vote; where and how to register; how electors can check the voter lists to ensure they have been duly included; what type of elections are being held; where, when, and how to vote; who the candidates are; and how to file complaints; and the basic civil rights and responsibilities of every eligible citizen. 



Civic Engagement. Participants include eighteen (18) years old and older. Demographic Area: Across Somalia. 


Goal: local communities become a responsible citizen that committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy.


Objectives: (a) Civic awareness and public problem solving, (b) Have knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make difference in the civic life of our communities, (c) An increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy, (d) The willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict, (e) Learn promoting quality of life in a community through political and non-political means, (f) Learn organized community service that addresses local needs.


Questions Related to Civic Education

  • What are civic life, politics, and government?
  • What are the foundations of the Somali political system?
  • How does the government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values, and principles of Somalia's democracy?
  • What is the relationship of Somalia to other nations and to world affairs?
  • What are the roles of citizens in Somali democracy?
  • Who has the full rights and obligations of a citizen?
  • What responsibilities does a citizen of each kind of community have? 
  • What is the relationship between a good regime and good citizenship? 
  • Who may decide what constitutes good citizenship? 
  • What means of civic education are ethically appropriate? 


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