Young people should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become active, participatory citizens. Our Public and Youth Engagement Programme is designed to do precisely that.
The Bingham Centre has been a long-term contributor to citizenship education in the UK. We have produced award-winning textbooks , shared best practice at international conferences, and continue to convene a highly successful Massive Open Online Course with over 10000 students.
This year the Centre has built upon previous successes by developing an innovative programme that combines public legal education and community organising. Our Public and Youth Engagement Programme involves the delivery of interactive workshops on democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the country throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.
Want to get involved?
The team are actively recruiting final year law students, recent graduates and young campaigners to become our 'session leaders'. Session leaders are responsible for teaching students about the law, facilitating difficult debates in schools and helping pupils to participate in local political opportunities (such as suggesting improvements to politicians or running community projects). We ask those interested in taking part to sign up here.
We want to hear from as many interested schools as possible in order to increase our impact. Interested schools should contact our Impact Coordinator in Public and Youth Engagement, Michelle Kamya, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This work is funded by the Sybil Shine Memorial Trust.
Our philosophy is that we are teaching pupils how to debate and to be active citizens; the content of our sessions is secondary to those aims. Our session leaders have autonomy to select content for the sessions, working closely with the lead teacher from the school in question. Indicative content for 2021-2022 includes:
- Equality (including racial, gender and disability justice)
- Climate change
- Social media