Learning Objectives

In programmes of citizenship education, including the kinds of Muslim citizenship education outlined and proposed in this pack, young people are expected to develop a) knowledge and understanding, b) certain skills and c) certain attitudes and values:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • themselves, family, friends and social networks; what they can expect from each other and the duties and responsibilities they have towards each other; how they can maintain good relations and the values and benefits of doing so
  • their own neighbourhood and community, its history, buildings and sense of identity; its ward councillors and other influential figures; mosques and Muslim organizations; and current issues of local concern
  • the origins and changing nature of diverse identities in the United Kingdom, including national, regional, religious and ethnic, and the concept and reality of multiple identities, including British Muslim identity
  • the ways in which Britain is, and always has been, interdependent with the wider world – economic, cultural, political and ecological – and the increasing significance of globalisation; and within this context Britain’s engagement with Muslim-majority countries
  • the world as a global community and the need for supra-national debate and decision-making on issues of shared concern such as sustainable development, the management of conflict and protection of human rights; the role of international organizations, including the Commonwealth, the European Union and the United Nations
  • the nature and consequences of prejudice and discrimination in modern societies, including Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism, and of racist teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviour in young people’s own experience; how to support those who are at the receiving end of such incidents, and how to challenge those who are responsible
  • the rule of law and anti-discrimination legislation, and the role and responsibilities of governments
  • the principles underlying successful grassroots campaigns, projects, movements and struggles for justice and equality, both in the past and the present.



  • justifying orally and in writing personal opinions about issues, problems and events, and contributing to exploratory discussions and debates, showing respect for opinions with which they disagree
  • using their imagination to consider other people’s experiences in order to think about, express, explain and critically evaluate views that are different from their own
  • challenging offensive behaviour, prejudice, bullying, racism and discrimination assertively; taking the initiative in giving and requesting support; helping to mediate in disputes amongst peers
  • considering critically how the media present stories, information and explanations.


Attitudes and Values

  • pride in their own identity and strengths and in the communities and groupings to which they belong
  • readiness to look critically at the communities to which they belong, and to contribute positively to change and development
  • curiosity, openness and generosity towards others
  • readiness to take responsibility for maintaining structures and procedures of justice and democracy in good repair, and for strengthening and enhancing them.



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