Each person, regardless of age or socio-economic position, belongs to various types of community, both geographical communities which include from local to global, and communities of interest, goals or purpose. Citizenship involves enjoying rights and exercising responsibilities in these various types of community.
Citizenship education refers to the use of education for preparing and training individuals to become active and responsible citizens of a country. Citizenship within schools aims to enable people to play an effective role in society by developing skills of communication and enquiry and enhancing participation as well as responsible action.
Education for citizenship is important because every society needs people who can contribute effectively, in a variety of ways, to the future health and wellbeing of communities and the environment, locally, nationally and globally.
Citizenship is about making informed choices and decisions, and about taking action, individually and as part of collective processes. ...