Ready or Not? Preparing youth for 21st century responsible citizenship
Declining trends in voter turnout and other forms of democratic participation show that Canadians are becoming increasingly disengaged in active expressions of citizenship. The greatest declines in participation are occurring in younger generations, indicating that formal education is not adequately preparing young people to be empowered and engaged citizens.
Learning for a Sustainable Future and Deloitte hosted a series of Roundtable discussions that brought together over 100 senior education, business and civil society leaders in four cities across Canada in the spring of 2012: Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax.
These Roundtables focused on responding to the questions:
- What do children and youth need to know, do, and value by the time they leave school in order to ensure they are responsible, active, and contributing citizens?
- How can formal education be reoriented to meet these goals?
- A Background Paper has been prepared.
- A Youth Citizenship Survey was undertaken as input into the Roundtable discussions.
- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada provided a keynote video.
- The results of these discussions generated a White Paper advising on steps that must be taken to ensure students are prepared to be responsible citizens and future leaders.
- Learning for a Sustainable Future hosted a Youth Rountable on Responsible Citizenship on October 15, 2012. The Roundtable was attended by 22 delegates from across Canada.The delegates designed an impressive call to action, by youth for youth, in the form of an online sharing platform titled the Our Canada Project. This new project will be launched at the upcoming What's Worth Knowing: Educating for Responsible Citizenship Symposium on Monday, May 13th, 2013 in Toronto.
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