How can schools support the development of our democracies?

alenka EU-visokošolski prostor, Evropa

Citizenship education provides the formal knowledge of a country’s constitutional structure, political institutions and competences such as social responsibility. But it is also concerned with thinking critically, interacting with others in a socially responsible manner, and thus about acting democratically. School self-evaluation – if properly organised – also gives pupils the practical experience of participating in decision-making processes in school. It allows pupils to discuss objectives, priorities and quality criteria and can contribute to the achievement of these objectives using appropriate self-evaluation tools.