UK National Commission for UNESCO joins Democratic Life!

Monday 20 December 2010

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has formally joined Democratic Life as a supporting organisation.

Citizenship is a key vehicle in the delivery of study themes for the UNESCO Associated Schools network and in promoting the values of UNESCO such as human rights, peace, tolerance and sustainable development and cultural diversity. The provision of citizenship as a distinct, statutory subject helps to ensure that the UK is compliant with its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On joining Democratic Life, Professor Lynn Davies from the commission said:

‘Keeping citizenship as a statutory subject is integral if we want to better prepare students in England for the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Citizenship provides young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding to actively participate in our society at local, national and international levels. It teaches students about important global issues such as human rights and the United Nations and encourages students to critically reflect on and take action on issues that are important to them.’

2 Responses to “UK National Commission for UNESCO joins Democratic Life!”

  1. Neil Robertson says:

    Astonished by the hypocrisy of the UK National Commission for Unesco – a private company limited by guarantee which does not publish minutes of its proceedings and in May 2009 purged the Welsh and Scottish Committees of
    Unesco of dissidents who were clearly asking far too many questions about
    where their UK DfID subsidy was going. That was done in a secret meeting
    in a London lawyer’s office. UKNC believes in neither democracy nor indeed
    transparency or accountability. They do however like overseas trips to Paris.
    They are also incidentally not registered as a charity in England or Scotland.

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