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THE ECONOMIST EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION


All young people should have the opportunity to understand and have their say on current affairs, so they can make informed choices and give sound input on issues affecting their lives.

WHAT WE DO


We enable disadvantaged young people to develop an informed view of the world, the thinking skills to form sound opinions and the confidence to have their say. Our programmes bring 8 to 18-year-olds into inspiring conversations about the world around them. 
These conversations always include three key inputs from us:

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WE PROVIDE

Outstanding current affairs content for young people

Working with journalists at The Economist newspaper, we provide content that unlocks complex social, political and economic issues for beginners. We bring the news to life for young people through great storytelling, using words, pictures, video, live workshops and theatre. Crucially, our content isn’t meant merely to stay on a page or a screen; it’s designed to provoke discussions so that young people build their understanding of important issues through dialogue.

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Expert facilitation that develops young people’s skills

We train and support teachers to facilitate inquisitive conversations about the news which develop young people’s critical thinking skills.

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Dialogue across communities and with experts 

We give young people from a diverse range of communities opportunities to discuss their opinions with each other and build mutual understanding. We also facilitate discussions between them and people in business, politics, academia and the arts. We ensure they’re not only heard by others but able to exchange ideas with them, so their audience is actively engaged with their arguments.

OUR PROGRAMMES


The Burnet News Club

A network of school news clubs which helps young people think critically about current affairs and make their voices heard.
   

The Policy League

A sixth form competition which helps young adults to collaboratively explore and seek solutions to complex world issues.
If you would like to find out more about the Foundation or get involved with what we do, please get in touch.