About Civics Academy

Civics Academy is a not-for-profit online education initiative in South Africa, initiated and run by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. We offer free video and audio content as well as other learning resources aiming to inform and to strengthen democratic values and responsible citizenship. As such Civics Academy covers educational content related to democracy, governance, elections, political parties, the justice system, the Constitution, local government, economics, civil society and human rights.

Civics Academy was initiated in 2016 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. We are an initiative which partners with different stakeholders active in the civic education space to support and add value to existing initiatives. We would like to encourage you to share our videos and podcasts with others in your local school, university, organisation and broader community.

We believe that civic education is a prerequisite for a well functioning democracy. It is imperative that new generations have a thorough understanding of the democratic system and an appreciation of the values that are meant to govern our society.