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WE CAN SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT FOR PRACTICAL POLITICS IN MANY WAYS!

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Workers Education Association

Workers Education Association

A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.

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Democracy Matters is not only an alliance for civil society organisations, it is a community too!

Join us to connect with other like-minded people and strengthen our commitment to a better future through participation in practical politics.

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Democratic Life

Democratic Life

A coalition of organisations and individuals in the UK seeking to strengthen and extend young people's entitlement to high quality citizenship education in England.

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Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) is here to support individuals, groups and communities to have the skills and confidence to speak up and take effective action on issues that matter to them. We do this by connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.

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Parliament Week

Parliament Week

Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy

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For an effective democracy, political literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write. What does Practical Politics mean to you?

For democracy to be real, people need to know how the system works, how to influence decisions and be able to exercise power.
People need to be able to develop their confidence, skills and voice to be effective citizens and take part in democratic politics at all levels. Our aim is to promote practical political education and participation, particularly among people with least power in society, to create a more inclusive and effective democracy. We believe that practical political skills of campaigning, community action and organising are essential for a healthy democracy and should be as widely available as business studies, law or literacy within main stream adult, community, further and higher education. We are an informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and education providers with extensive networks across the UK, run entirely by volunteers. We do not take sides on any issue or political party, other than to campaign for more accessible practical political education. Read More
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  • World Forum for Democracy

    The World Forum on Democracy will focus on how education can bridge the social divide.  It is organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 7 – 9 November. Find out more here.  The Forum will analyse the impact of education on democracy and identify practices which can make formal and non-formal education more democracy-centred, and assess their potential …

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From our Practical Politics Blog

Three Olympic lessons for politics

Britain’s rise in the Olympic gold medal table from 36th in 1996 to 3rd today has many lessons for politics. …

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Why can’t you learn practical politics at university?

Almost every university runs courses in skills and knowledge to compete in the market – accounting, advertising, business studies, marketing …

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Why Brexit empowers Germany

The Brexit votes creates a whirlwind of uncertainty, yet one thing is clear: it gives Angela Merkel’s Germany extraordinary power …

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