The Citizenship Foundation's 20th Anniversary Reception at the Law Society
To celebrate its 20th birthday the Citizenship Foundation held an event at the Law Society on 30th November 2009, marking two decades of the Foundation’s work to encourage and enable individuals to engage effectively in their communities and in democratic society at large. The event was a showcase for the charity’s education and active learning projects, as well as its vision for the future.
Among the speakers were the Shadow Attorney General, Edward Garnier QC MP, and the newly appointed Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement, Dawn Butler MP. Edward Garnier told the audience that if the Citizenship Foundation did not already exist then it would have to be invented. This sentiment was backed up by Dawn Butler, who spoke about the importance of Citizenship Education and reaffirmed the Government's commitment to it.
However, the highlight of the speeches, and a perfect example of what the Foundation hopes to achieve with its work, was when two students from Bethnal Green Technology College asked if they could also speak. The 200-strong audience were thrilled when Emmanuel Babatunde and Mahbub Hussain took centre stage to talk about what Citizenship means to them and how it has played a vital role in empowering young people in their school to take action on the issues that really matter to them.
Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, Dr Tony Breslin, closed the speeches by thanking the two students and highlighting the innovative new projects that the Foundation will be launching in the coming months.
Also see our Anniversay Special blog posts.