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Annual Review
Year ending 30 September 2002

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Society

'Passport to Life'
'Just Like Us!'
Citizenship, Diversity and Race Equality
'Smart Thinking'
Citizenship Forum, Stoke-on-Trent
'Impetus'

Rasing levels of social understanding will help build an inclusive society in which everyone's rights are recognised and respected.

Passport to Life

The Passport to Life is a unique guide to life and everyday rights for people with learning disabilities. Produced in partnership with United Response, with funding from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, the audio CD and accompanying booklet were shaped by extensive consultation with the target group, who were also involved as readers. Launched in November 2001, over 4,500 copies have been distributed to special schools, Citizens Advice Bureaux and Learning Disability Teams.

Just Like Us!

Commissioned by the charity John Grooms, these teaching materials challenge young people’s prejudices about disability. They will be published in 2003, International Year of Disabled People, and distributed free to all schools with pupils in key stage 2 or 3 (9-14 year olds).

Citizenship, Diversity and Race Equality

In partnership with the charity Me Too!, we produced guidance for teachers and youth workers on the most effective methods and resources to educate young people about diversity and race equality. Funded by the DfES and the Lloyds TSB Foundation, the online guidance drew on an extensive review of publications and research, and has suggested future work to fill gaps in existing provision.

Smart Thinking

Working with a small group of experienced practitioners, we began refining the trial materials in this moral reasoning intervention for use with young offenders. We expect the Youth Justice Board to carry out an evaluation prior to recommending the programme for publication and widespread use.

Citizenship Forum, Stoke-on-Trent

Created in 2000 to encourage local community support for citizenship education, the forum this year gained new members including Volunteer Action, a community theatre and arts project, an Asylum Seekers and Refugees project, and the Education Business Partnership. Although this was the last year of funding for our Stoke-based work, we will now promote the model in other areas.

Impetus

This was the pilot year of an exciting award scheme to celebrate human rights values in practice, led by the Institute for Global Ethics UK Trust in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation. The pilot involved 150 groups of young people – secondary, primary and special schools, youth clubs, self-advocacy groups – from eight regions across the UK. Formerly known as the Citizenship Values Awards, the programme was re-launched as the Impetus Awards at the end of the financial year.

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