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Democracy and Diversity Conference (CCHRE), 20 July 2006

13 July 2006 |

The Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE) is hosting a conference on Democracy and Diversity. The conference will form the UK launch of the influential international report Democracy and Diversity: Educating Citizens in a Global Age, which explores key issues in educating young citizens in multicultural democracies. The conference provides a unique opportunity for policy-makers, researchers, teachers, teacher educators and school students to debate key issues of vital interest to the future of our society.

Speakers include:

Rt Hon Harriet Harman (tbc) Professor James A. Banks, University of Washington, Seattle, USA Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford Dr Cherry McGee Banks, University of Washington, Seattle, USA Professor Audrey Osler, University of Leeds.

Press release

Children advise government on multiculturalism and citizenship

A key international report on preparing young people for citizenship in multicultural societies will be launched with a day of presentations, discussions and debates. Children have an essential role in shaping the future of our country. In recognition, the event will give pupils the opportunity to voice their opinions alongside education professionals. The pupils, aged 12 to 17 years from Allerton High and Lawnswood High, have been invited to give presentations expressing why their views are valuable, on issues ranging from citizenship lessons to the running of schools.

The event, hosted by the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE) at the University of Leeds will take place on July 20th. Debating the topic of Britishness, diversity and the future of multiculturalism will be a government minister, representatives from OFSTED, policy makers, members of the local authorities and Education and Skills Select Committee as well as children, teachers, researchers and human rights activists.

Presentations from UK and US professionals will be followed by a seminar on the challenge of human rights education, delivered by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Ashton, Minister, Department for Constitutional Affairs. The keynote address will be made by Professor James Banks, leading US educator from the University of Washington. Professor Banks led the team of researchers who produced the report and will argue that education for citizenship and multicultural education are interlinked.

CCHRE director, Professor Audrey Osler says, “People sometimes suggest that a multicultural society is less stable or cohesive than a more homogenous one. Yet democracy depends on people expressing their different points of view and resolving differences of opinion. Diversity doesn’t undermine democracy. It gives it added strength.”

Download the Conference Report here:

For more information or to attend the launch, contact: Kirsty Haines, Press office, University of Leeds, +44 (0)113 343 2451, pressoffice@leeds.ac.uk

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