Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme. We build trust and understanding by supporting people to take action on issues they care about.
Active Citizens is a non-profit programme that promotes acceptance, intercultural dialogue, personal transformation and community-led social development through the Active Citizens learning journey.
Through our Active Citizens social leadership training programme, we've encouraged hundreds of thousands of people to take action on the issues they care about most. This leads to them taking on some of the biggest social challenges of the 21st century.
Run by the British Council and partner organisations, it aims to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally.
Over the last ten years, the programme has had a truly significant impact in Myanmar. Ten years of committed and motivated individuals. Ten years of amazing stories of courage and inspiration. Ten years of communities taking the lead on generating positive change.
The programme has worked with more than 40 local partners and trained 256 master facilitators, who have then cascaded their learning to over 10,000 active citizens and engaged with 70,000 community members.
Active Citizens in Myanmar have also been contributing globally by sharing their learning and making connections around the world. It also encourages peer-to-peer relations across cultural, geographic and political boundaries via a lively online social network of participants, as well as occasional international exchange visits as our strapline suggests “Globally Connected, Locally Engaged.”
Active Citizens doesn’t just work with individual persons or organisations. It connects change makers driving positive change across social and political life, whether through social enterprise, civil society, private sectors or government, helping them to address economic, social or environmental issues. The programme has reached 14 regions and states ranging from Karen and Mon states, to the northern parts of Shan State as well as Rakhine State in Western Myanmar.