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By John Potter

Neighborhood provider Volunteers is understood nationally for its excessive profile citizenship and group studying schemes, together with the Barclays New Futures venture, nationwide Tutoring scheme and the Millennium Awards. furthermore, CSV schooling for Citizenship presents an entire aid and consultancy provider for aiding with the advance of citizenship and neighborhood hyperlinks through faculties, schooling gurus, enterprises and executive. This ebook is predicated without delay in this event, and should hold their winning and validated techniques around the schooling region. delivering the help wanted for colleges and different teams to increase citizenship and neighborhood studying hyperlinks as an energetic a part of their curriculum, this ebook deals point-by-point suggestion for college leaders and executives sponsored up by way of an unrivalled diversity of nationwide case experiences and reports. utilizing in-depth research, it covers: * peer studying* neighborhood provider* environmental paintings. moreover, this publication appears at intergenerational tasks and tasks to increase groups and faculties in the course of the arts, sciences and activities.

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PART II: WHY—Why is active citizenship important? © 5 Why citizenship? Young people do not become good citizens by accident, any more than they become good nurses or good engineers, or good bus drivers or computer scientists. (Lord Bernard Weatherill, Patron of the Commission on Citizenship— Encouraging Citizenship 1990, Speaker’s Commission on Citizenship) Aim: To show the immediate concerns of politicians over citizenship and citizenship education in relation to: I) the democratic deficit; 2) the erosion of social capital; and 3) the question of shared values.

4 Among those detailed are: • • • • • • • • concern for the common good; belief in human dignity and equality; practice of tolerance; courage to defend a point of view; determination to act justly; commitment to equal opportunities and gender equality; commitment to active citizenship and voluntary service; concern for human rights and the environment. Of these values the ones that touch on equal opportunities and a concern for human rights are likely to prove the most contentious and, by the same token, important.

She then added, ‘Young people do have a voice but it is outside the political system…not by fighting the political system but by ignoring it’ It is, therefore, clear that something is amiss at the heart of our democratic processes. The No Vote party is the biggest party. Young people are even more disillusioned and alienated than their elders, but among older people too there is a sense of frustration, even anger, that people are not being listened to. Either we must conclude that politicians are getting worse at their jobs—and there is no particular evidence for that: most of them are honest, hard-working and genuinely committed to doing a good job according to their lights— or we must take notice of the fact that we all need to do something about the way we handle our democracy, because it isn’t working.

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