On Tuesday 19th January, our Senior Research Fellow Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson attended the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Political Literacy hosted by Lord Iain McNicol and Simon fell MP, co-Chairs of the APPG. This new group will provide an all-party forum to discuss the current provision of citizenship and political education (in schools, further and higher education) and to explore how best to strengthen political literacy education so that young people, regardless of background, can play an informed, active role as citizens in our democracy.
Dr Holmes-Henderson is an academic member of the APPG and in this capacity she will provide evidence for the importance of political literacy education in promoting youth participation in democratic life. All members of the APPG will work towards ensuring that all young people become politically literate by the time they finish their secondary education.
We are delighted to share the research undertaken during the Speaking Citizens project with this diverse group of stakeholders.
The press release from Shout Out UK (Secretariat to the APPG) can be accessed here: https://www.shoutoutuk.org/2021/01/19/first-ever-appg-on-political-literacy-launches-as-almost-three-quarters-of-young-people-call-for-government-and-politics-gcse/