As described in the RAN policy paper Transforming schools into labs for democracy, schools play a role in binding children to a democratic society.
At the same time, however, this is not only the responsibility of the school. Other partners in the neighbourhood also play a role in creating places for practicing democracy.
It is helpful if schools and partners in the neighbourhood (including youth workers) work together. If this is done correctly, we can strengthen social capital and counteract processes of radicalisation and polarisation.
In practice, however, we see that this collaboration between school and youth work does not always achieve the intended results. Read more