What is Citizenship?
Citizenship equips young people with the knowledge and understanding to make a valuable contribution to their families, their communities and society as a whole.
Citizenship education enables young people to contribute to society on a political, legal and economic level by helping them acquire the day-to-day knowledge they will use throughout their lives. It examines the ways in which they can be good citizens and make a valuable contribution to society in a local, national and global way. It also prepares young people for the challenges and opportunities of adult life and helps build confidence and self-esteem. We can examine citizenship locally, nationally and globally:
- Local Citizenship — examines citizenship on a personal and community level. It involves issues dealing with identity, family, school & relationships as well local projects in your community. It is about empowering people to make decisions and to take responsibility personally and locally and encourages people to take an interest in the welfare of others on a community-wide level.
- National Citizenship — involves taking an interest in your country’s politics, democracy, justice, economy and legal system and how they impact on the lives of all citizens. It is a great way to introduce students to some of the larger social issues such as crime, housing, pollution and health care.
- Global Citizenship — this develops an understanding of how the world works politically, economically, culturally, technologically and environmentally. It promotes respect for justice and looks at ways we can all have a positive influence on the world.
Citizenship covers four main areas: Politics, Economics, Justice and Environmental Affairs. These four areas can be examined locally, nationally and globally:
- Local — local politics, local council and town hall, local services
- National — the role of the government, Parliament, the House of Commons etc
- Global — the political institutions of the world, international relations etc
- Local — the market and system that affects local residents and businesses within the local community
- National — the money, industry and trade of the country and how it operates
- Global — includes the international exchange of goods and services worldwide
- Local — the local magistrates courts, police service and other law courts
- National — the central justice system, national police and prison service
- Global — the International Court of Justice and international rules, treaties and agreements including extradition treaties
- Environmental Affairs
- Local — local land management, waste disposal, air/noise pollution, litter campaigns
- National — public health, urban sprawl, overpopulation, loss of biodiversity
- Global — global warming, endangered species, protection of land and seas, ozone depletion