Teaching Tomorrow’s Citizens

At the end of January, RSA Academies led an talk at the RSA on the topic of teaching tomorrow’s citizens. The event asked:

What is the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future? What should citizenship education comprise and how should it be taught?

Citizenship education has been transformed in the last 20 years in response to the wide range of political, social, economic and ethical concerns that societies now face in a globalised world. But with the EU referendum exposing deep divisions within and between communities in the UK, it is clear that we need to revisit the question of how best to prepare young people for lives of engaged and active citizenship.

Here, one of the panellists, Venandah Madanhi, a former student at the RSA Academy in Tipton, shares her personal experience on how she became an actively engaged citizen, how her school helped and why this matters for young people today.


Teaching Tomorrows’ Citizens: a young person’s perspective from The RSA on Vimeo.


Schools are generally recognised as playing a crucial role in developing citizens of the future, helping to equip young people with the ability to debate and deliberate, to question, critique and understand differences in their communities. But with an already crowded curriculum, do we have to accept that the responsibility for citizenship education can’t – and indeed, shouldn’t – lie solely with schools?

Like to watch the whole debate? You can do so here.