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20 September, 2005

A Citizenship Manifesto for museums, galleries and libraries

As part of a conference run by the Association of Libraries and Museums (ALM), Tony Breslin, chief executive, Citizenship Foundation, will give a talk entitled 'From Creativity and Curiosity to Effective Citizenship - A Citizenship Manifesto for Museums, Galleries and Libraries' on 22 September at Tate Britain, London.

Devised by the Citizenship Foundation, Mr Breslin will go on to explain the new ‘citizenship manifestos’; in essence, a way of bringing coherence and structure to secondary citizenship education provision.

The ‘citizenship manifesto’ is a concise public document that outlines a school’s citizenship values and the opportunities for student participation and citizenship learning that occur in both the taught curriculum and in the everyday processes of school life.

The Citizenship Foundation has just been given funding to roll them out nationally, which could also be explored by museums and libraries, amongst other key stakeholders, through creating their own public commitments to promoting citizenship education.

The importance of Citizenship education has just been brought to the fore again as a key way to address extremist views in schools in relation to terrorism. Citizenship education must promote positive behaviour as Sir Bernard Crick concludes it is:

“…no less than a change in the political culture of this country both nationally and locally: for people to think of themselves as active citizens, willing, able and equipped to have an influence in public life…”

The Citizenship Manifestos Project will be launched in January 2006 and will run, in the first instance, until March 2008. Partners are now being sought and the Foundation is keen to hear from interested schools or LEAs.

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