Get involved with the Mayflower 400 Citizenship Project

Every school in Plymouth was offered the opportunity to take part in the Plymouth 2020 Young People’s Compact legacy, including an exciting Compact event at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The original Mayflower settlers built a set of rules to live by, called a Compact. It is widely believe to be the first document of self-government to exist in the USA.

By taking part in the Compact project, pupils could reflect on what is important to them, as citizens of the 21st Century, and how they want to shape their lives.

The Compact underpins the work of City Youth Parliament and City Youth Council, whose voices have an opportunity to impact upon policy and practice across the City.

To help create the Schools Compact we provided all schools with access to a number of focused sessions that included: the examination of why communities create rules and a specific look at the Mayflower Compact and what it meant/why the settlers chose the points within it/ how it was agreed as well as the possible impact on the settlers and the indigenous people.

Pupils could compare and contrast the Compact with the 21st Century Human Rights of the Child and Modern British Values; looking at the impact of these in today’s society.

This information was created by Mayflower 400 during the anniversary 2020-21 and to the best of our knowledge at that time.

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