Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
Citizenship and Civic Education take a range of forms, but the overall goal is to support children and young people’s participation in their immediate society and the wider world. The UNCRC mandates the active participation of children in ‘all matters that concern them’ and has encouraged a global effort to include children and young people in discussion and decision-making. From specified curricular programmes, to institutional structures, to adopting and practising participatory approaches, the realisation of this effort varies greatly. The notion of the child citizen remains ill-defined, and in the context of the democratic deficit, declining voter turnout and rapid globalisation, the question of what a child citizen is and how best to foster their civic participation is becoming increasingly important. It is in this context that I have organised this multi-disciplinary, international conference at the University of Strathclyde.