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Get to the heart of what the Active Citizens programme aims to achieve with this useful A-Z of our most commonly used terms and titles. These terms could help you to define your own projects and goals.

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Active Citizens network

The Active Citizens network is a large and ever-growing global community of participants and partners within the Active Citizens programme. This network allows participants to engage in cultural...

Active Citizens programme

A British Council initiative that brings together communities in different countries with the aim of exchanging ideas and perspectives on their community development work, and of working together...

Active Citizenship

A citizen who commits his or herself to an action that benefits society. Active citizens not only appreciate their culture but also are open to understanding and valuing those cultures with which...

British Council

Connecting the UK to the world and the world to the UK, the British Council is Britain's international cultural relations body. In a turbulent, inter-dependent world, the British Council believes...

Civil society

Usually refers to voluntary collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. According to the Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics, “Civil societies are often...

Critical and creative thinking
Critical thinking is the process of reflective judgement. It is based on the ability to identify problems and create solutions; gather and interpret information; evaluate outcomes; raise questions...
Cultural identity
This refers not only to wider societies but also to smaller groups of people. Many different aspects make up cultural identity, including location, gender, race, history, nationality, language,...
Cultural relations
Cultural relations is the sharing of knowledge or ideas between people of different cultures. It also refers to the building of mutual trust and respect between those cultures. Read the British...
Culture

A culture is made up of the consistent values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours learned and shared by a community. Culture also encompasses the way people are expected to behave within society,...

Facilitator
A facilitator is an active citizen who has undergone training that enables them to have a greater understanding of the Active Citizens programme. This training allows the facilitator to offer support...

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