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9 December, 2004

Chief Executive of Citizenship Foundation granted the Freedom of the City of London

Tony Breslin, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, has today been conferred the Freedom of the City of London at the Guildhall.

Nominated by councillor Catherine McGuinness, Tony received the award in recognition of his work at the Citizenship Foundation which has become firmly established as the leading NGO in the Citizenship Education field.

An ancient rite dating back to the thirteenth century, the 'Freedom' might, itself, be seen as an exercise in citizenship, with its focus on the rights and responsibilities of those who hold it.

The Foundation is a national educational charity, based in the City of London which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it focuses particularly on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. The Foundation was instrumental in the introduction of Citizenship to the National Curriculum and has doubled in size under Tony's leadership. It has launched a range of innovative new programmes such as Youth Act! and the National Political Journalism Competition and now embraces Giving Nation, the leading schools programme focused on charitable giving and volunteering.

The Freedom means that the recipient becomes a Citizen or Freeman of the City of London. He or she is also endowed with the right to carry a sheep, without charge, over London Bridge, a real benefit when such livestock trading was a mainstay of city life.

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About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Citizenship became part of the National Curriculum in September, 2002, in England for 11-16 year olds.

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