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5 October, 2012

On World Teachers Day, we say thank you

Today, on World Teachers Day, we want to celebrate the extraordinary work of citizenship teachers.

Citizenship education has a precarious place in the curriculum. Its delivery varies dramatically between schools, arguably more so than any other subject.

Citizenship teachers use their enthusiasm, passion and creativity in an area often overlooked, and often against the odds.

But more than that: they're dedicated to helping young people take their rightful place as active members of society.

Take Serin Patel, who teaches citizenship to her class at Kensington Primary School in Newham.

Serin runs our Make a Difference Challenge, with which she motivates children to take action in their community. 

One of her groups decided to clean up a local bridge. They involved the community and local politicians. They organised a launch event. MP Stephen Timms unveiled the clean bridge - complete with artwork by the children.

Serin is now supporting a group of children trying to renovate its local park and reinstate a zoo.

She is a mobiliser. She is adept at involving local community partners, the council and residents.

Serin is passionate about giving children a voice. And she will work above and beyond the call of duty to see that happen.

Thank you Serin, and thank you to all teachers that work so hard to deliver good citizenship education.

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