Summary of the citizenship youth awards
To help build a culture of shared basic values
in which our rights are respected and the exercise of personal
responsibility is encouraged.
To encourage good practice in values-based approaches
to education for citizenship, drawing on the Human Rights Act.
Increased awareness of shared rights
Demonstrating the values in practical
and artistic ways
Promoting of whole institution involvement
Engagement with the local community
This is a free, non-competitive awards scheme,
open to schools and youth organisations. It will run as a rolling
programme in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, co-ordinated
in each of the home nations according to local circumstances and
needs. Award certificates will be presented by local voluntary
panels who will also encourage participation and community links.
Each local panel will also nominate applications to a Country
Panel who will allocate funding to a number of schools/youth organisations
to commission a work of art. A national conference will encourage
shared learning and provide showcasing opportunities.
The local voluntary panels will encourage original
responses, which express the human rights now underpinning our
society. Applications can be in any form or media and could comprise
a record of appropriate activities or events. Artistic work showing
connections between aesthetic values and ethical values and behaviour
is also to be welcomed. Wherever possible, the work should have
arisen from cross-curricula, inclusive, whole-institution approaches,
or be aimed at developing such approaches.
The design of the scheme will be tested in a
pilot involving up to 100 schools and 45 youth organisations in
eight geographical areas across the UK. The pilot will run from
January until August 2002.
The scheme is administered jointly by the Institute
for Global Ethics UK Trust and the Citizenship Foundation, working
to a steering group of key stakeholders from the charities and
government departments involved. The steering group will be advised
by a National Board of distinguished contributors chaired by Lords
Philips of Sudbury.