The formation “Democratic Schools and Student Participative Assemblies”, aimed for teachers, took place on March 4th and May 7th, at B+S Professor Dr. Francisco de Freitas Branco School, Porto Santo, and brought reflections about the level of participation of teachers, students, parents and non-teaching staff and the instruments available to them, in order to actively participate.
This action had, as main trainer, teacher André Lara Ramos, assistant director at the Pinheiro e Rosa School Grouping (Faro), coordinator of several international projects in the area of youth mobility, training of technicians in non-formal education and is also vice president of the Association for the Deepening of Citizenship and also promotes several school and cultural/sociocultural projects in ARCA – Recreational and Cultural Association of the Algarve.
The goals of the training were to make known what democratic schools are and the ones that make up their network, identify strategies to improve their democratic participation, and develop strategies to integrate the voice of children and young people in school dynamics.
With these tools it was meant to outline a plan for improving democratic participation in the school and to develop techniques for facilitating dialogue and inclusive participation.
It is the responsibility of the educational community to show respect and consideration for the opinion of young people, by selecting activities that promote student voting and positioning, in an inclusive way, through participatory student assemblies, as an example.
The initiative is promoted by AIDGLOBAL, under the Action Plan “Da Escola para o Mundo – Agir, Incluir, Transformar” (From School to the World – Act, Include, Transform) (Active Citizens Fund, EEA Grants), in partnership with the Escola Básica e Secundária Professor Dr. Francisco Freitas Branco (School B+S Prof. Dr. Francisco de Freitas Branco, Porto Santo).