Man of Inspiration / Episode 6 / The Citizen
The objective of this lesson is to show the steps taken by Vaclav Havel in domestic politics after his election as President in 1989 and follow his efforts to build a civil society in the newly established democratic state. Students should learn about the concept of civil society and the rights and duties of each citizen. They will also learn why Vaclav Havel considered the role of citizens to be so important. Following the example of Vaclav Havel and the presenters, students will learn how they can get pro-actively involved in the building up of a civil society. They should understand that a citizen’s pro-active role in a democratic world is just as important as the role of political parties, and that everyone should fulfil their role as a citizen.
The educational series of six videolessons brings the ideas and work of Václav Havel on human rights, civil society and civic responsibility to a generation of young people. The videos combine spoken word of young presenters and special guests with archival materials.