Today, our Micro Village government members moved the Constitution from an idea to reality! After taking both an Affirmation of Citizenship and Affirmation of Office, all members of government, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, each representing their grade level (grades 1-4) constituency, signed the final draft of our society’s Constitution.
The Micro Village Constitution was developed through an arduous process which represented democracy in action. All grade 4 students were members of the committee tasked with developing and ratifying a document that reflects our culture, expectations, rights, responsibilities and freedoms. Meetings were facilitated by both Mrs. Cheryl Eidick and Mrs. Paige Couros (Parkland Village School’s grade 4 teachers). You may access the Parkland Village School’s Micro Village Constitution here.
The group began by reviewing existing constitutions from other MicroSociety’s within Alberta and the U.S.A. After highlighting the ideas and statements that resonated with them, the students looked at the Canadian Charter of Rights to ensure the selections were aligned with a Constitutional Monarchy form of government, such as ours.
Perhaps the most meaningful portion of Micro Village’s Constitution was the thoughtful discussion held by the students in developing the preamble. This statement lays out the ideals for the culture of Micro Village. It is through this statement that the grade 4 students expressed the ideals to which all citizens should aspire. In reading this statement, you will note that respect, fairness, equality, and a healthy community top the list of the values for this “more perfect school”. It is important to note that our community extends beyond the students and the staff. It does in fact extend to “all future students, families and teachers” with the goal to ensure “Parkland Village School’s Micro Village [citizens will] enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy today”.
Finally, the grade 4 students were tasked during their Micro University Constitutional Course, to review the remainder of the document. This work resulted in the finished document signed today and outlines Micro Village Citizens’ Rights and Freedoms, Equalization, and sections pertaining to the operation of our government. With the document in place, our government will be able to sit in Parliamentary sessions to do work which includes creating laws, establishing taxes, and setting Micro Village’s minimum wage. This document guides, supports, and governs all citizens of Micro Village and is the core of our society whereby “kids are in charge”, are responsible for their learning, and engaged in developing an ideal culture and society.