Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. British Council’s Active Citizens programme has provided hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with the social leadership skills to address some of the big social challenges of the 21st century. This has been delivered through a diverse network of ‘globally connected, locally engaged’.
Active citizens are people who care about their local communities and the places they live. They want to make a positive difference or make something happen by having their say. Active citizens, by taking part, can help decide and influence a range of things, including how things are run and what gets funded and built.
This programme builds trust within and between communities and supports people to take act on on the issues they care about. It connects people locally and globally, developing their knowledge and skills to build fairer and more resilient societies.
At the heart of the programme is the Active Citizens ‘learning journey’, which is adapted to suit the needs of different audiences and communities. The learning journey has been experienced by a wide range of people, from academics to artists, from South Sudan to South London.