The earlier one understands the importance of democratic participation, the better
Democratic principles can be teached through games. One popular game places children together on an imaginary island and confronts them with different social dilemmas – how do you help each other in times of hardship? How do you share resources? How do you choose a leader?
Democracy in schools
While pupils want to increasingly get involved as co-creators in the design of their educational system, the democratic form has been increasingly used in schools themselves. In most of the cases it is done through representative bodies such as the Student Council, some schools are coming up with more innovative initiatives. One example is the Watchdog Clubs from Ecuador, where students keep an eye on the water, food and hygiene in their schools. Theory of democratic principles is best grasped through practice.