Citizenship education, educational policies and NGOs

  • Ana Bela Ribeiro, Andreia Caetano, Isabel Menezes
  • British Educational Research Journal, March 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/berj.3228

citizenship education and ngos

What is it about?

The paper analyses citizenship education policies in Europe, and considers how NGOs view its implementation in the UK and Portugal.

Why is it important?

It is interesting to contrast policy and practice regarding citizenship education - and showing how the intention to empower young people as citizens can be more discursive than actually related to what happens in schools.


Isabel Menezes
University of Porto

NGOs are significant contexts for citizenship education - so it is important to consider how they view schools' engagement in the field, but also how they recognize the potential of schools-NGOs partnerships. The study shows that there are risks of an ngoization of citizenship education and that we must its potentials and limitations.

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