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31 October, 2014

All Pakistan universities to teach British Council's 'Active Citizens' curriculum, a Citizenship Foundation partnership

Since 2008, the Citizenship Foundation has partnered with the British Council on a global programme supporting learning and action for young citizens engaged locally and connected globally. Now, that programme is rolled out to all universities in Pakistan.

Pakistan workshop with Youth Act activity
An Active Citizens workshop in Pakistan uses an activity from our Youth Act programme

So far, Active Citizens has inspired more than 60,000 community activists around the world. Recently, 300 facilitators helped to start grass-roots social action across Pakistan, through a university-based version of the programme.

Now, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) is making Active Citizens a core programme in universities, for which the Citizenship Foundation provides content and training.

On 23 October, the HEC and British Council launched Active Citizens for students of all degree-awarding institutions in Pakistan.

The programme includes a compulsory course in which undergraduate students spend time in classrooms and communities, working on solutions to local social issues.

The launch was attended by Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms. He was joined by HEC's Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and Executive Director Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, British High Commission Alison Blake and vice chancellors from various universities.

The Citizenship Foundation was represented by our chief executive Andy Thornton. While he was in Pakistan, Andy helped train 75 staff of two universities and four colleges from the northern province of Azad Jammu Kashmir.

Active Citizens borrows from activities developed in London by our Youth Act programme. Youth Act helped marginalised groups to raise their voices in civic campaigns and to improve their local areas. 

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