The Key Ideas

#30 Develop a robust school curriculum on citizenship and participation

As a vital part in developing the concept of citizenship, education should not be limited to the bullet points in a subject syllabus. A focus on projects and problem solving as well a comprehensive education on local politics will help learners to be resourceful, enterprising, and empowered. This also involves a holistic approach to their interaction in the school: whether in helping develop budgets for classroom equipment, cooking food for school lunches, or aiding janitorial staff in building management. Real democracy should be at the heart of this ongoing conversation, where children learn through active participation in the school system and syllabus development, and young people are helped to understand themselves and wider society through this process.