Thursday, 23 September 2010

DARE Video 10: Ruxandra Ratiu on concepts of citizenship education in England and Europe

Ruxandra Ratiu (International Projects Manager at the Citizenship Foundation) explains how citizenship education became a part of the secondary school curricula in England, and outlines the benefits of European cooperation in the field.

Click below for the full interview!

This interview is part of a research project at the Citizenship Foundation) in London, conducted by Anne Stalfort (AdB Germany), and supported through the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges).

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, its particular focus is on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. The Foundation does this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them.

"Citizenship is more than a subject. If taught well and tailored to local needs, its skills and values will enhance democratic life for all of us, both rights and responsibilities, beginning in school and radiating out." (Bernard Crick, National Curriculum Citizenship, 1999)

For more interviews on citizenship education in the UK, click the following links:

DARE Video 11: Robert Geddis on financial literacy and Paying For It

DARE Video 12: Ade Sofola on youth participation and Youth Act

DARE Video 13: Jessica Garcia on legal literacy and the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competetion

Check the full DARE video library here.