Next week I’m heading off to the Engage conference in Bristol – organised by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement the conference is for universities who create opportunities for students to interface with the community.
In the UK we have done little work in Universities – but the evolution of our Active Citizens work with the British Council has led us into the territory. By a circuitous route…
After 5 years as a community based project the British Council’s Active Citizens initiative (with whom we have been supporting partners since 2009) had trained 60,000 community activists in Pakistan.
Last month the Higher Education Commission launched it as a compulsory element for all students studying in the country.
It will be phased in in the next five years as a partnership offer between the British Council and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, which offers an accredited course “Citizenship Education and Community Engagement” to students of colleges and universities to setup institutionalised avenues for students to engage in community service.
Faculty members are offered training to act as facilitators and support each other in faculty based delivery of the course. We have further partenred up with Birghton University to carry this out.
The course provides students with an understanding of national and global citizenship, a wide range of skills in leadership, communication, advocacy, project planning and project delivery and a chance to participate in exchanges and policy dialogues at both the national and international level.
Next week we will showcase our new tailor-made web site which gives each university their own admin tools. It has log-ins for Unis, Faculty and students; course guides, social action planner, baseline and post-action questionnaires create a web page for the University and give career guidance to students.
Once up and running we will be able to use it any country by creating the look and language that suits. A great new facility – ask us more if interested!