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Enabling students to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives & their communities


The term “citizenship” refers to an identity between a person and a city, state or nation and their right to work, live and participate politically in a particular geographic area. When combined with the term “global”, it typically defines a person who places his identity with a “global community” above his identity as a citizen of a particular nation or place. As a subject at Millennium Schools, citizenship has the power to motivate and educate young people into becoming thoughtful, active citizens who engage with, and participate in, public life. Citizenship involves people acting together to address issues of common concern to maintain our democratic culture and to improve society.

To achieve this goal, Millennium Citizenship education teaches knowledge understanding about politics, the law and the economy and skills to participate effectively and responsibly in public and democratic life.Through citizenship education, students:

  • Explore questions about democracy, justice, inequality, how we are governed and organised.
  • Learn to work together to create solutions that try to address challenges facing neighbourhoods and wider communities.
  • Develop political literacy to make a positive contribution to society as informed and responsible citizens.

Education for citizenship addresses the exercising of rights and responsibilities within communities at local, national and global levels. It encompasses the development of informed decision making, and the ability to take thoughtful and responsible action, locally and globally. Young people are citizens of today, not citizens in waiting. Millennium Education for citizenship is about developing in learners the ability to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective and confident citizens both now and in the future. It provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of fairness and justice, equips them with skills of critical evaluation and encourages the expression of attitudes and beliefs to respond to the challenges we face as global citizens in a constructive and positive manner.

Issues addressed through education for citizenship at Millennium Schools include human rights, sustainable development, peace and conflict resolution, social equality and appreciation of diversity. This resource aims to provide the inspiration for classroom learning and integrated approaches to global citizenship. This will better equip learners with skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to understand and address complex global issues which often transcend individual disciplines. To achieve the targets and instill the citizenship values, following strategies are applied throughout the curriculum:

Regular reviewing of Citizenship Education practices against the identified outcomes is built into school planning processes. Millennium Schools consult parents, caretakers and families within their communities on values to be fostered and approaches to be adopted (e.g. through school values forums). RMS apply Citizenship Education priorities to the overall curriculum provision, structures and policies, procedures and rules, funding priorities, decision-making arrangements, disciplinary procedures, community relations and welfare pastoral care approaches. Millennium Schools collaborate with the other schools across the border to share experiences and good practices and eradicate the differences that are being created on the basis of religion, colour, caste and creed. History has been created and re-created; the future now lies in the hands of the young minds. Let us take the first step in forming not only the minds of the students, but also their citizenship values.