The British Council

Consejo Británico para la difusión de la cultura en inglés

United Kingdom Embassy

Embajada del Reino Unido

United States Department of Education

Departamento de Educación de Estados Unidos

United States Embassy

Embajada de Estados Unidos

Department of Philosophy

Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities.

Democracies need active, informed and responsible citizens; citizens who are willing and able to take this responsibility for themselves and their communities and contribute to the political process. Democracies depend upon citizens who, among other things, are:

  • aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens;
  • informed about the social and political world;
  • concerned about the welfare of others;
  • articulate in their opinions and arguments;
  • capable of having an influence on the world;
  • active in their communities;
  • responsible in how they act as citizens.

These capacities do not develop unaided. They have to be learnt. While a certain amount of citizenship may be picked up through ordinary experience in the home or at work, it can never in itself be sufficient to equip citizens for the sort of active role required of them in today's complex and diverse society. If citizens are to become genuinely involved in public life and affairs, a more explicit approach to citizenship education is required.

How does it benefit young people?

  • It helps them to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges such as bullying and discrimination;
  • It gives them a voice: in the life of their schools, in their communities and in society at large;
  • It enables them to make a positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of adult and working life.

A meeting space for citizenship: department’s WIKI