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British Council

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 will commence on 15 May 2021, running for 12 months. The 365-day cultural programme will reflect Coventry as a diverse, modern city, demonstrating that culture is a force that changes lives. Coventry is known internationally as a city of welcome, a city of activists and pioneers, peace and reconciliation, innovation, and invention, and now a City of Culture. The British Council is the International Partner for UK City of Culture 2021.

Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that equips people with the skills and tools to tackle the big global challenges and build a more open and inclusive world.

Our global network of partners are the bridge to local communities. They are diverse: from civil society organisations, to universities, to local councils, and are all connected by a passion for positive change.

Partners nominate people to be trained as facilitators – chosen for their wealth of experience in connecting and working with communities. They take the Active Citizens learning journey into local communities to empower people through training and mentorship. Those trained by facilitators become Active Citizens – people equipped with the skills and tools to mobilise others to tackle local, regional, national and global issues. They do this through social action.

Our Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 partners Positive Youth Foundation used the Active Citizens methodology to support young people in their network during the pandemic, and new social action initiatives have been designed by local Active Citizens with the aim of tackling issues linked to education and mental health.

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