The teachers who contributed to Learning to Participate took part in a DEC project: ‘Handsworth Ten Years On’.  This reflected on the how local development looked 10 years on from the 1985 uprising.  While the issues of racism, in equality, poverty and policing policy were seen as important human rights issues there was less consensus about how to profile what happened in Birmingham in 1985.

The book explores: those issues in the context of Human Rights; the right to participate; and offers a range of stimulus for student learning. The case studies include issues about poverty, housing and unemployment.  It offers strategies for discussing what we mean by participation and the relationship between education and justice.  The use of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework for this work highlights how communities the world over face similar issues.

The project was developed in partnership with The School of Education, University of Birmingham.  The core teacher group took part in a 10 week course at the School of Education entitled: 'Human Rights Education, Citizenship and the Environment'.

"This is a very challenging resource.  It tackles head on some of the issues many teachers have preferred to avoid...  yet it constructively provides a new way of handling these issues in schools and colleges.  In that sense it must be considered to break new ground in citizenship education."  Human Rights Education newsletter

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KS4, 6th Form, FE, teacher education and adult groups, 1996

ISBN-10: 0 948838 45 0

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