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9 January, 2007

FREE: Abolition of slavery resources from the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation has produced a free on-line resource, to tie in with the 200th anniversary on 25 March 2007, of the Act of Parliament which abolished the transatlantic slave trade in the former British Empire.

‘Ending Slavery: An unfinished business’ is a free booklet developed by the Citizenship Foundation in association with the Church Mission Society which has been long associated with anti-slavery work, full of background information, lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets and teaching ideas. Aimed at years 9 and 10, the materials have been designed to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of the abolition of the slave trade and the campaign to end slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as raising awareness of modern day slavery and the role of pressure groups in influencing Parliament and decision makers.

Don Rowe, Director of Curriculum Resources said “The anti-slavery movement was the first major campaign in Britain to involve ordinary citizens across all classes (as well as the slaves themselves) in the struggle to end an evil practice. As such it is a good example of how change can come about when people work together for a just cause. The materials have a strong citizenship orientation and focus on the way individuals, small groups and large groups can take action to bring about change.”

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Notes for editors:

1. The resources can be downloaded at: http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/resource.php?s324

2. 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

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