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Strategic objectives, 2013-2016

Over the three years we will campaign relentlessly for the vital role that active, effective citizenship plays in strengthening our communities and our society.

We have made huge strides since the Citizenship Foundation was formed in 1989, with a string of major achievements including the establishment of Citizenship as a compulsory subject in secondary schools.

Our aims remain the same

  • Championing civic participation - through policy and thought leadership
  • Supporting schools and colleges to deliver empowering citizenship education
  • Working to redress democratic imbalance for groups on the margins.

But the context has changed with the shift in UK's educational landscape.

Schools have greater curricular independence and the case for citizenship needs to be made on a school by school basis. Young people are measurably less motivated by traditional forms of democratic engagement. In this setting we see many of our historic gains to be under threat and have to restate our case.

Our priorities

  • Raise belief in democratic participation amongst younger people losing hope in the political system
  • Communicate the value and relevance of citizenship such that its provision is integrated across the life of the school
  • Be the first port of call for schools looking for activities that support their delivery of education for citizenship.

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