Building Educational Programs for National Unification

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The timeline found on the Embassy of the State of Sandus on Second Life, used in the exhibit on Sandus
The timeline found on the Embassy of the State of Sandus on Second Life, used in the exhibit on Sandus

The most fundamental sociological research on socialisation relates various agents of socialisation. Behind the family, education and schooling is the most important social institution in terms of socialisation; as well, it is the most readily available institution for micronations who have a basis for which to education.

Joining or creating a nation is a choice in micronationalism. Once moving beyond the stage of fun and amusement, many nations create their own social or philosophical purpose of being. Sandus is one of those nations.
Once we move beyond from the most fundamental decision, then, how does a nation bind together? One way is by culture, which often makes members involved. However, in Sandus, our culture has been seen as derived from the Sôgmô. This is both positive and negative: it means that, though our culture is far more stable and not all over the place with competing forces, it often involves a small portion of people.
Though cultural reform from the Sandum Cultural Authority has failed, this Office would still love to pursue cultural liberalism by which more future citizens can pursue their own cultural expression within the context of Sandum philosophy.

The next important aspect of uniting a nation, beyond culture, is education. The focus is not general studies of physical and social sciences but, rather, educating citizens about Sandus, her philosophy, and the laws and functions of the State. Whereas culture is made over thousands pieces of personal expression, education can be done by simple projects for national education. These projects inform citizens of the history of their nation, the historical trends going on through their nation (which also provide them an ability to judge where the country is headed now), and the philosophy and freedoms of Sandus.

Efforts have been under-way for some now, with various notes and essays on the philosophy and culture, to form an education system. Now arrives the time to utilise it. Much like how public schools have specific mandatory courses, so too should Sandus have some courses that are mandatory for all citizens. In the past, peregrae citizens would become full civilo citizens following one month of waiting; however, this function should now expand to include a test and mandatory courses on our philosophy. Though this may dissuade prospective citizens from joining, national unity would be greater as a result of these efforts.

In lieu of the exhibit the Central People’s Government was planning to celebrate le Foundatio, we will instead pursue fundamental courses that citizens must take and pass — and some more in-depth courses that are supplementary. A basic set of presentations, lectures, podcasts, and textbook-like essays will form the basis of these courses and a general exam will be necessary to pass. The Office of the Sôgmô will work with current and former citizens, close Sandum allies, and historians of and in the MicroWiki community.
These courses shall work to encourage participation in the Socialist and Democratic-Republican system of the State of Sandus and to recognise what issues are harmful to our State and that we are hoping to change. Contrary to what some may say, these courses shall not be for reeducation but, rather, for education in how to work and become an active participant in the nation; indeed ‘reeducation’ is unnecessary due to all Sandum citizens having to believe in the principle aspects of Sandum philosophy.

Many micronations have, in the past, tried to begin such courses. However, they were meant to be done on various subjects, for no intention but having a university, and were ‘active’ courses. In Sandus, there shall be no ‘universities’ or faculties: we shall simply have a library of resources from which citizens may pull from at any time. Peregrae citizens will study the material themselves, they may seek the knowledge of any civilo of course — this being the closest connection with any sort of faculty, and will be able to take the exam once they wish to apply for civilo citizenship. We shall also have a purpose for these programs. Whereas others envisioned universities for the grandeur and vanity of their nations, we require these educational projects for the building of a united people under the State.

None the less, this system of educational programs will introduce elementary courses necessary for being a Sandum citizen. By studying them, they will be able to provide a more cohesive society and more comprehensive populace. The building of these educational programs, in short, shall result in national unity.

For the building of a united nation in the spirit of our philosophy,
— Sôgmô Sörgel