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12 December, 2006

Take Part! New national framework for active citizenship learning

A National Framework for Active Learning for Active Citizenship entitled Take Part! has just been published as part of the government’s Together We Can campaign to enable more people to engage with public bodies and influence the decisions that affect their communities.

Containing principles, guidance and case studies, the national framework provides a best practice manual for practitioners and providers of adult citizenship learning. It is based on the experience of the Active Learning for Active Citizenship (ALAC) hubs which have spent the last two years exploring different approaches to devising and providing citizenship learning with a diverse range of participants.

The aim of the framework is to “inspire, inform and offer practical advice for individuals, community groups and organisations wanting to get involved in organising, facilitating and supporting adult education for active citizenship” by providing ”programmes of active learning that enable people to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to become empowered citizens – citizens who are able to make an active contribution to their communities and influence public policies and services.”

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation said “The Foundation welcomes the publication of the national framework and the role it will play in equipping citizens with the skills and confidence to get involved and help shape their local communities and public services. Engaging adults in active citizenship is key to effecting real democracy at a local level and further afield. Take Part! is also a necessary complement to the work now being undertaken in schools and colleges, in the youth sector and with newcomers to the UK.”


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