World Forum for Democracy 2016
Democracy and equality - does education matter?

Strasbourg, 7-9 November 2016

The 5th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will welcome more than 500 participants from the Schools of Political Studies network, as well as interested young people and decision-makers to debate and share their opinions on the role of education in developing democracy.

Education is essential for a democratic society. On the whole, the higher their level of education, the more likely citizens are to participate in elections and other democratic practices. But is the current education system fulfilling its mission to increase democracy, or is it failing to equip young people with those qualities essential to become democratic citizens? This year, the Forum will investigate all angles of the relationship between education and democracy, examining the extent to which the two can reinforce one another and provide answers to overcoming new social divisions.

As part of the main Forum programme, the Association of Schools of Political Studies will sponsor a lab to discuss the role of non-formal education in the development of democracy.

In addition to the official programme, parallel events organised specifically for the participants of the Schools will include:  a visit to the European Court of Human Rights, and bilateral and regional meetings of Schools.


For more information on this event, please consult the Forum's website. 

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