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19 April, 2006

Political active learning projects launched at Portcullis House

This morning saw the launch of the Citizenship Foundation’s Political Active Learning Work. The event held at Westminster introduced key education stakeholders, potential funders and other potential partner organisations to the work of the National Youth Parliament Competition and the National Political Journalism Competition.

Political active learning projects launch at Portcullis House
Don Foster MP hosts the launch at Portcullis House

The event, hosted by Don Foster MP, provided an opportunity for attendees to hear more about the competitions directly from some of the many young people who have participated in the past including Liz Williams a past winner from the National Political Journalism Competition, who said "the competition has left a lasting legacy with me." Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Sylvia Heal endorsed the National Youth Parliament Competition and BBC journalist Jon Sopel spoke about the political journalism competition adding “If the Citizenship Foundation didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it.”

This year’s competition, the entries for which are to be judged shortly with winners attending a ceremony at Westminster followed by a reception at 10 Downing Street, marks the final year of sponsorship from Norwich Union. A key aim of the event was to introduce the competition to potential funders, contacts and stakeholders.

Chief Executive Tony Breslin described the Foundation’s National Active learning projects as “flagship examples of the value of learning through hands on experience” He added, “Political literacy is all about helping people become politically aware and effective. It is about giving them the ability to read issues and events politically. This means using the ideas, language, forms of thought, and argument which citizens use when dealing with a public issue.”

With the competitions’ going from strength to strength, it is more important than ever that the Citizenship Foundation is able to secure their future. With new support the Foundation can continue the further development of the competition, reaching many more young people and support their engagement with the political process.

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