This is a fantastic opportunity for all #iwill campaign partners, including young people themselves, to showcase and share the work they do to help transform the character of young people through youth social action, as well as the communities supported through their activity.
Alongside a call for evidence, the DfE is also asking for feedback on their definition of character. They are currently defining character as: believing you can achieve; sticking with tasks; seeing a link between effort today and payback in the future; and being able to bounce back from knocks.
We think this definition of character is too narrow. It doesn’t recognise another side to character development – about creating communities that thrive together. With a deeply divided society and significant economic, social and environmental challenges to overcome both now and in the future, empowering young people to be active, compassionate citizens has never been more important. We are asking that the DfE’s definition of character is broadened to include traits such as kindness, empathy, compassion, and caring for others and the natural world – qualities that we all know are developed through youth social action.
You can contact Senior Education Officer, Ella Cohen here.