Get involved in one of the Young Fabians' policy networks this summer. Each is an informal group of young people who meet together to network, to discuss and debate issues in their policy area, organise events, produce publications, and build links with the key organisations and individuals in their sector.
Anyone can join, and the first step is signing up here, so we can keep you updated with the latest events and opportunities.Sign up
What do we do about failing schools? What needs to happen to increase the number of apprenticeships? How do we prepare young people for the uncertain world ahead? And how do we pay for it all?
The Young Fabians Education Network brings together teachers, students and young professionals working in education to discuss the big challenges facing British education. It aims to become a go-to place for those on the left who are interested in contributing to the debate.
Please find our social media sites here:
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/youngfabianseducation/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/FabianEducation?lang=en @FabianEducation
- Or you can contact us on our email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon!
The Education Network Steering Committee,
Helen, Sam, Jonathan, and Lydia
Our four aims distinguish our work from the broader project of building socialism. These are:
1. To raise awareness within the Labour movement and outside it of the international scale of contemporary social and political struggle, and to turn that awareness into action. We begin with education: political discourse must start bu putting imperialism, colonialism, and capitalist economic globalisation (past and present) in their historical contexts. Only then we can tell the story of how peoples’ movements for progress (as well as movements to resist progress) become international in scale.
2. To draw attention and give platforms to individuals, political groups and social movements around the world which are engaged in struggles allied to our own. Especially important are those that currently receive less attention from the British left than they deserve, from our fellow socialist youth movements to anti-racist and anti-colonial left parties in the Global South and beyond. In so doing we build real partnerships which can go beyond annual summits and lead to lasting, practical, day-to-day joint work.
3. To help build effective international institutions and frameworks for collective action between socialists and progressives in all countries. This can mean hosting seminars and talks, publishing writing and video, running ‘exchange programs’ between Labour and friendly parties around the world, and more.
4. To orient practical policy-making activity towards an international and internationalist point of view. This means hosting policy workshops, expert panels, and publishing research and insight in dedicated policy pamphlets. This is especially important for issues like freedom of movement, contemporary anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism, global tax assessment and global regulations on capital flows.
The Young Fabians International Network is a participatory, democratic space, dedicated to the proposition that politics is for everyone, not just for politicians and political specialists. We welcome people of all backgrounds and strongly reject discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin, nationality, class, race, sexual orientation, disability, neuro-atypicality and gender identity. While we also reject ageism, membership of the Young Fabians is limited to persons under the age of 31.
2014 is a big year for the Labour Party. The local elections and the European Parliament elections will both happen on 22 May, and the Young Fabians have an important role to play in helping the Labour Party win across the country. In addition, the Scottish Referendum takes places on 18 September - we would like to play our part in keeping Great Britain together.
Our challenge at the Young Fabians is to get organised and build a culture of campaigning. Starting now, we hope to build a campaigning culture to help Labour win this year, in the General Election next year, and the London Mayoral Election in 2016.
That is why we have created a Young Fabians’ Campaigns Programme. This year's Campaigns Programme is an opportunity for all members: some will be veteran campaigners who can share their experience, while others will see it as an opportunity get more campaigning experience - both are integral to helping Labour win.
Become part of the Campaigns Programme Leadership Team
If you want to be part of the Campaigns Programme Leadership Team (CPLT), let us know. The team is responsible for driving our strategy and helping us organise. It's a great opportunity for new campaigners to learn on the trail and for new campaigners to help shape the foundations.
You can sign up to participate here.
Twitter: @youngfabians #yfcampaigns