|Overview : |
The Tuvalu Constitutional Review Project (TCRP) is a 3-year project supporting the government and people of Tuvalu to review their national constitution considering the socio-economic and political challenges. The project provides the required technical expertise and independent advice through constitutional experts to ensure the constitutional review is more technically proficient, inclusive, participatory and transparent and also conforms to international treaties and conventions, in particular human rights. This process is expected to result in a more educated citizenry, a constitution with text that more accurately reflects the needs and aspirations of the Tuvalu people, and is able to endure and address social, economic and political challenges. In the end this is all geared to ensure Tuvalu has more accountable and effective government (constitution better equipped to deal with past political crisis), a citizenry that is better able to hold leaders to account (because more educated on constitutional rights and duties), stronger social cohesion (because the constitution addresses root causes of rifts between the religions, islands and land rights), and more sustainable development (more socio-economic rights). The overall goal of the project hence is to ensure that citizens of Tuvalu and key governance institutions are empowered to better understand the constitutional review process and underlying issues through effective civic education and engagement during the constitutional review, which is undertaken in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.
Civic Education and Civic Engagement
One of the fundamental goals the TCRP is to ensure that citizens of Tuvalu and key governance institutions are empowered to better understand the constitutional review process and underlying issues through effective civic education, research and engagement during the constitutional review, which is undertaken in an open, transparent and inclusive manner. Civic education is a key component of ensuring that citizen engagement in the constitution review process is adequately undertaken to enable citizens to be well informed, educated and knowledgeable on the process and that they participate openly throughout the process.
The key objective of the assignment is:
- Undertake a lead role in drafting (including translation) of various civic education materials in support of the constitution review process, ensuring such materials and production is of high quality and acceptable to local Tuvaluans.
- Support training workshops and deliver civics’ education programme to all communities in Tuvalu including the CRC and CRC Secretariat.
- Undertake comparative and local research and develop papers to inform the constitutional review process with relevant historical information and relative experiences from other similar jurisdictions undertaking constitutional reviews.
- Support the consultations process through delivery of CE, report writing and administering of the issues based questionnaires.