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Fall 9-1-1996

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Michigan Journal of Comminty Service Learning

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This paper describes the development of the first community service learning program for democratic education in South America. The democracy education project, which is based on Swarthmore College's innovative Democracy project, was designed and implemented by a Swarthmore College Student working with a high school in a black community near Cape Town. This case study demonstrates that the successful transpositions of a model of community service learning from one country to another requires recognizing the complex relationships among history and culture, and theories and practices of democratic education. It is also crucial to involve the new community as an equal partner at every step of the process. Together, the Democracy and the Democracy Education Projects suggest the potential of community service learning for strengthening citizenship, and for bridging the gaps between races, in the United States as well as in South Africa.

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