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Annual Review 2002/03

Introduction

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, we focus particularly on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding.

Review of 2002/03

Last year's Annual Review ended just as Citizenship was launched as a statutory National Curriculum subject in September 2002, the result in part of over a decade of lobbying by the Citizenship Foundation. This financial period encompassed most of the first year of Citizenship in schools, which has at last provided an entitlement for all young people in England and a formal recognition of the value and importance of education for citizenship.

This has had a dual impact on our work. On the one hand, we have intensified our support for the implementation of the new curriculum, particularly in schools with little experience of Citizenship. On the other, we have built our work outside schools, particularly targeting marginalised and excluded groups.

This Annual Review tries to give a sense of those different areas of our work, and the links between them.

All of our work has been made possible by a wide range of funders and partners, to whom we are extremely grateful. In addition, we must make a special note of thanks to our generous core funders who underpin all our charitable activity by supporting our essential infrastructure: The Law Society Charity, Linklaters and Lovells.

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