NGOs and Education: Some Tentative Considerations

Liam Gearon


This article attempts to contextualise the ?Ǩcommunity involvement?ǨѢ and the ?Ǩskills of participation?ǨѢ ?Ǩ particularly the use of NGOs ?Ǩ within English National Curriculum and wider international contexts of citizenship education. It asserts that the use of NGOs in education is a largely under-explored area of research for citizenship. On the basis of an empirical pilot study of the use of human rights-focused NGOs in university-based initial teacher training, the case is presented that an emergent relationship between citizenship education and the NGO sector has potentially contentious implications. The paper may raise more questions than it answers, but one of the unintended outcomes of a small-scale piece of research reveals that the ideological role of NGOs in citizenship may have unseen implications which challenge the core aims of education itself.

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Editor-in-Chief: Prof Norbert Pachler
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
ISSN 1746-9082

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