It is 'incredibly important' to keep citizenship education in schools, says Radio 1 DJ
In a filmed conversation with Danny Bartlett, founder of Hands Up Who's Bored, DJ Reggie Yates says that citizenship education makes young people 'understand that politics actually can affect their living environment'.
Politics, says Reggie, can 'Affect the skate park that they go to, it can affect the council estate that they live in, it can affect the amount of money that’s put in a single mum’s pocket every single month'.
'These are the things that citizenship is really important for,' he says.
Both Danny and Reggie believe that citizenship in schools is important for bringing political engagement to today's young people.
'I believe citizenship education is about to die,' says Danny Bartlett, the campaign's founder, referring to the possibility that it will be taken off the curriculum as a result of the current Curriculum Review.
‘Not only does it give young people an opportunity to learn about the things that make their living environments the way that they are,' says Reggie, 'but also it gives them an opportunity to have a say, to have a voice and to engage as well; and as well as that, engage on their terms’.
‘That’s the thing that I think is really, really exciting about it, and the fact that it could go away is a scary thought.’
He goes on to say:
‘Taking away that horrible, distant ‘man in a suit’ sort of thing that goes with politics and opening it up and making it broader, and also making it accessible, which is what citizenship does, I think is incredibly important.’
Hands Up Who’s Bored, one of o2′s Think Big projects, is Danny’s campaign to promote political education. It supports Democratic Life, a coalition of organisations and individuals campaigning to keep citizenship on the National Curriculum.
You can watch the interview with Reggie on YouTube.
Updated: 6 October 2011 at 14:11.