|Author(s)||Dr. Chris Gifford|
|Editor||A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship|
At the start of the new century we have witnessed a European renaissance in the idea of citizenship. This has found expression in a range of national and European Union policy documents. In the UK, the most significant example of this renaissance has been the proposals on citizenship education in schools and for citizenship classes and ceremonies for new British citizens. There remains a debate over whether such proposals can translate into a genuinely democratic and political citizenship or whether they reflect a far narrower governmental agenda. In this paper, some of these issues are considered using the example of a project involving undergraduate students going into schools to help deliver citizenship. I discuss the development of policies on citizenship education, both in schools and universities, and consider the opportunities these open up to embed democratic practices within complex modern societies. I go on to outline and discuss the project with undergraduate students. It is argued that this project illustrates spaces within education for genuine forms of active citizenship.