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9 December, 2004

Estelle Morris to open education conference 'Inspiring Citizenship'

Estelle Morris, Minister of State for the Arts, will open Inspiring Citizenship: Connecting Creativity and Citizenship through the Arts, Culture and Enterprise Agendas, a major national conference for expert practitioners, on 24 January 2005.

The free-to-attend event is the culmination of a year long partnership between Creative Partnerships and the Citizenship Foundation. Teachers, school advisers and creative practitioners are all invited to attend.

“Creativity is at the heart of the best Citizenship Education and underlines the role of Citizenship as a tool for school transformation”, commented Tony Breslin, chief executive at the Citizenship Foundation.

Inspiring Citizenship promises to be an active workshop-based day with sessions led by young people, schools and a range of Creative Partnerships and Citizenship Foundation projects. The conference will also feature live performances from ARC Theatre Company, Newlands School for Girls and ‘A’ level student Kenneth During, who will perform his acclaimed ‘Citizenship Rap’.

Lord David Puttnam, film director and latterly Chair of the General Teaching Council, will close the conference. After the event, participants are invited to join a conference wine reception hosted by Ian Comfort, Chief Education Officer at the Corporation of London.

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