Civic Engagement of Students: Perspectives of Bangladesh

Civic Engagement of Students: Perspectives of Bangladesh

SSM Sadrul Huda (East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh), Tanveer Kabir (East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Tanvir Alam Siddiq (East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/IJPAE.2019070101

Abstract

This article aims to figure out the impact of civic engagement of students in Bangladesh. Developed countries are well aware about the importance of civic engagement of the student community nowadays. Their educational system is already structured in a manner which encourages civic engagement in educational life. There are a lot of studies in developed countries regarding student participation in civic engagement. It is seen that the educational system and curriculum in Bangladesh does not incorporate civic engagement. However, there is some skill sharing institutions that has started engaging students in civic activities. Students are learning leadership skills, gaining practical knowledge besides academic, experiencing innovation and becoming responsible citizens of the country. This article focuses on some practical scenarios through which students were engaged with civic activities, which, in turn, positively affect the academic and non-academic achievements of the students in Bangladesh.
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Literature Review

Civic engagement has been defined broadly by many authors, researchers before. The impact of civic engagement was studied by different institutions, although majority of those studies are based on developed countries.

Civic engagement aims to let the people of the community view ‘participation in activities for the welfare of the society’ as their own individual responsibilities. It embraces the fact that individuals’ should take the responsibility to work for the collective good and work as an interdependent global citizen. They are empowered as agents to make an impact for a better world (Little & Shackel, 2014, p. 47).

Civic Engagement involves promoting social justice in both social and global perspectives, participating in the political process to make a positive impact, acquiring and sharing knowledge from the surrounding environment to develop a proper perspective of various social issues. Assuming leadership and membership roles in different institutions, appreciating and recognizing human diversity and commonality, developing sense of responsibilities to the society, taking part in public community service and problem solving (Little & Shackel, 2014, p. 47), etc.

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