A One Day Conference during the UK Presidency of the European Union - 8th November 2005, London, UK
The interest in UK political circles concerning citizenship education is driven by low turnout in elections at national and local level. Also a consciousness that there is a dearth of activists in the political organisations; perceived as being fuelled by a feeling within the wider public that politicians don't listen and that individual action is futile. The ECA has argued that, while the response in the schools system and to some extent within 16-19 education, has been positive in terms of new curriculum models, these initiatives are failing to touch the existing adult population. Thus the intention was to work on some potential developments which would address issues relating to the broad range of adults in the community, especially those currently involved in some form of structured learning. The opportunity to work on a transnational basis, using the Grundtvig funds, has then added the European dimension. Interestingly it is perceived that a European agenda seems less well developed in the provision for younger people than we might have expected.