What is the state of education for democracy in the UK today?
This is a satellite event for the World Forum on Democracy from 7 – 9 November at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, which will “explore how education and democracy can nurture active citizens with critical and analytical skills, and how through fostering grassroots innovation and bottom-up democratic reform, it can help develop civic engagement and improve opportunities for all.” (Details at http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/home).
This event aims to
get an overview of the state of education for democracy in communities, schools, universities and other sectors across the UK;
compile a short report for the Forum;
identify priorities for strengthening skills for democracy over the coming year.
We welcome contributions from participants at the event, in writing or other forms.
The event is hosted by the Rt Hon Lord Blunkett of Brightside, Chair of the Crick Centre for Understanding Politics and Professor of Politics in Practice, University of Sheffield; Secretary of State for Education, Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 1997-200; and MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, 1987- 2015, co-hosted by Graham Allen, MP
Other speakers include:
- James Weinberg, Research Associate of the Crick Centre, and Chair of the Political Studies, Association Early Career Network, on the state of citizenship and political education in schools;
- David Kerr, Association of Citizenship Teachers (ACT), University of Reading
- Samira Musa, Bite the Ballot
- Ruth Spellman, CEO, Workers Educational Association, on adult education;
- Sue Tibballs, CEO Sheila McKechnie Foundation, on campaign training and support for civil society
- Sarah Allen, Involve, on participation for a stronger democracy
- Simon Woolley, Operation Black Vote
- Rosemary Bechler, Open Democracy about the young reporters at the World Forum
- Dan Gallacher, Parliament’s Education Service;
We have invited someone to speak for the Government.
Chair: Titus Alexander, author of Practical Politics: Lessons in Power and Democracy, Convener, Democracy Matters, www.DemocracyMatters.org.uk, Alliance for Practical Political Education
NOTE: The Council of Europe’s Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education was adopted in May 2010, and it plan for “Securing Democracy Through Education” and Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture was adopted by the Ministerial meeting in April 2016: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/Source/MED25/MED_25_Final-Declaration_en.pdf