Education towards gaining this knowledge and developing and practicing the skills take place in all levels of our shared social life, but schools play a very important role in it.
More and more, we see that extreme solutions are in demand when it comes to Europe’s problems.
Still, representatives of radical, extreme political views are generally more acceptable for them, than mainstream political parties.
Teachers compared to students, find democratic values more important and are more likely to reject anti-democratic activity.
Active citizenship is one of the most important steps towards healthy societies especially in new democracies like Hungary.
The Kurt Lewin Foundation conducted a one and a half year long research and development program in four schools located in eastern Hungary examining the relationship between schools and democratic citizenship.During the research, tailored programs were developed to address these competencies and were positively received by participants.More widespread endorsement and implementation is now required.Though the concept of citizenship grounded in activity, responsibility and democratic values is emphasized in Hungarian educational policy, the views and opinions of the younger generation in Hungary are, it appears, changing in a direction not conducive to bolstering active citizenship.For this reason the Kurt Lewin Foundation constructed a research and educational project which comprised on the one hand an endeavour to enhance active citizenship by means of various developmental activities and on the other hand data collection around the issue of active citizenship.Students prefer a less democratic, stronger-handed, more authoritarian approach.They are not interested in any of the political parties.Active citizenship means people getting involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns to cities to nationwide activity.Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street or as big as educating young people about democratic values, skills and participation.As we understand it, active citizenship is a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills and actions that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a democratic society.Active Citizenship supports democratic cooperation that is based on the acceptance of universal human rights and the rule of law, values diversity and includes the whole community.