An effective community starts with the individual. For a community to share values and work together, each individual must understand how to communicate, engage with and respect it.
Effective citizenship helps promote both an individual's and group sense of identity. Citizens who feel they belong are more likely to play an active part in society; be it volunteering, tackling local issues or extending understanding and friendship to those who need it most.
Because communities are typically made up of several different groups, across the diversity, economic and education spectrum, it's important for individuals to be able to form connections with each other. With bonds formed, the individuals can work together as a group to achieve the changes they desire.
It's a challenge and we believe our citizenship education plays a key role in helping people understand the complexities of civic life, including the legal and political processes as well as the rights and responsibilities of each individual.
We'd like to continue the debate of how to create strong and outward-looking communities that stand up to the pressures of life in the twenty-first century. Our plans include developing our programmes and supporting publications that do this, to contribute towards the engaged citizens of tomorrow.
We believe a citizenship perspective would benefit areas of policy and practice and raising the profile of citizenship and participation would contribute towards a more tolerant society. Both schools and workplaces are excellent places to teach and encourage inspiring citizenship that would benefit all.