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ERIC Number: EJ901582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Build the Big Society on What We Know Works
Miskin, Jol
Adults Learning, v22 n2 p24-25 Oct 2010
In 2007, the Workers' Educational Association's (WEA) Yorkshire and Humber region was funded by the Academy for Community Leadership to deliver a programme of active citizenship learning in South Yorkshire. The programme was expected to: equip potential and existing community leaders with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to address the democratic deficit across South Yorkshire; enable participants to develop an awareness of political structures at a local, regional, national, European and international level; and help them to gain an understanding of how to influence change and decision-making. The project was a resounding success, confirming, at the very least, that people are not uninterested in politics. In this article, the author asks whether the coalition's "Big Society" builds on work that has been successfully developed. He says one can only hope the Big Society embraces what is a proven model, both nationally and at a local level. If not, one will have to find other ways to keep the fire burning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)