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15 September, 2008

Council for Education in World Citizenship becomes part of the Citizenship Foundation

The UK's longest established independent body for Citizenship Education, the Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC), has today announced that it is to join forces with independent education and participation charity the Citizenship Foundation.

Established in 1989, the Citizenship Foundation has been a key player in the campaign to establish Citizenship as a part of the National Curriculum in schools and has worked in partnership with the British Council and the Council of Europe on a range of international programmes. CEWC was established in 1939 to promote the importance of political and civic engagement within and across national boundaries and has developed enduring associations with UNESCO and the United Nations Association.

David Miles, Chair of Trustees at CEWC, who joins the Board of Trustees at the Citizenship Foundation says:

"We are really excited by the Foundation's plans to build on CEWC's history, especially granted their partnerships with organisations such as the British Council and the Council of Europe, their intention to build on these and their focus on developing in young people the kind of skills, knowledge and values that are vital if we are to promote the kind of ethical, responsible and active citizenship that has always been at the core of our vision".

Chair of Trustees at the Citizenship Foundation, Michael Maclay, welcomes the merger:

"Long before the term ‘globalisation' entered our vocabulary, CEWC's presence ensured that a ‘world' perspective was established at the heart of the debates about Citizenship, Citizenship Education and the broader social curriculum. Over a period of almost 70 years, CEWC has impacted on the lives of literally thousands of young people with its conferences, youth assemblies and educational materials. We are absolutely delighted that CEWC is to become part of the Citizenship Foundation and we look forward to building on the rich legacy that its work provides. We will be announcing a celebration event to mark the merger in due course, at which we shall be setting out our plans in greater detail".

A World Citizenship Advisory Group, involving members of the leadership teams of both organisations has been set up and Ruxandra Ratiu, formerly Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition (MCMT) Project Officer at the Citizenship Foundation, has been appointed as International Project Officer to establish the resultant work programme. The programme will draw on CEWC's extensive range of partners and networks, including CEWC Cymru in Wales which remains as an independent body.

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