The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. has long been recognized as a leader in Florida and the United States in the area of law-focused, nonpartisan civic education. Its presence internationally has also been longstanding. After the fall of communism, FLREA participated in the Civitas International Civic Education Exchange Program and administered trilateral international partnerships to advance education for democracy. Executive Director Annette Boyd Pitts began working in Hungary in 1995 and has worked in 25 countries, presenting regularly at the World Congress on Civic Education. In addition to Hungary, FLREA partnered with Romania, Panama, and Peru to acquaint international educators with exemplary civic education programs; share training and curricular resources and models; facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices among policymakers and other gatekeepers; create student based simulations of government in action; involve government officials in civic education programs and classrooms; and implement research and program evaluation.
Highlights from the partnerships included development of an international Democracy Camp for high school students to be exposed to the institutions and processes of democracy in host countries; gatekeeper delegations of officials from partner countries to experience elections, government transparency and accountability measures, and civic education policies and practices; and the development of student academic competitions such as Project Citizen and Citizens in a European Democracy.
FLREA continues to work with other countries to share expertise in civic education programs, policies, and practices. For additional information, contact FLREA at firstname.lastname@example.org.