WELCOME TO

THE ECONOMIST EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION


WHAT WE DO


We believe that joining inquisitive conversations about current affairs gives young people powerful tools to achieve their potential: an informed view of their world, the thinking skills to interpret it and platforms to influence it.  
That’s why our programmes bring 8- to 18-year-olds into inspiring conversations about the world around them. We work with teachers to identify young people most in need of this opportunity.  

Through these conversations we achieve three goals:

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Build knowledge of, and an interest in, current affairs

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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Build thinking skills

Our programmes for schools use conversational methods to give students the thinking skills to interpret current affairs. We engage them in challenging conversations that develop their reasoning and creativity. We help them enquire into what really matters in the news, and develop their own ideas, by asking the right questions.

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Build influence

We give young people opportunities to influence the world around them through discussion with each other and people in business, politics, academia and the arts. We ensure they’re not only heard but able to exchange ideas; giving young people a high-quality audience is an important start, but it is conversations that have the most power to change minds and therefore shape the world.

WE HAVE TWO CORE 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.