The voice of children and young people in school education

The voice of children and young people in school education

The voice of children and young people in school education

Within the scope of the “From School to the World – Act, Include, Transform” project, participatory assemblies were held for the first time between the months of May and June, with the involvement of 4 classes from the 9th grade of Elementary and High School Prof. Dr. Francisco Freitas Branco, Porto Santo.

Each class went through three moments that translated into about 3-4 lessons. Initially, in each one, the objectives of the Assemblies were explained, the appointment of the President and Secretary, a brainstorming of ideas for the school and the vote on the 2-4 best ones. In a second moment, in each class, with the presence of teachers indicated by the students, the most voted proposals were deepened. Finally, in a plenary session, the 4 groups presented the proposals to the School’s management, which gave feedback on them. In the first and second moments, the Assemblies took place in a “chat circle”, with one or two students presiding over the Assembly. Everyone was entitled to vote, regardless of age or position.

Giving students a voice is essential to the learning process. It is important to involve the voice of children and young people in the organization of school institutions and to promote a better voice at school. “The education and citizenship learning, both in primary and secondary education, must be developed, above all, through the participation of students and teachers in concrete activities and projects”. This type of initiatives of listening to young people is recommended by the CNE ― National Education Council (Recommendation No. 2/2021).

The main objective of the Action Plan is to promote citizenship skills in students in the 3rd Cycle of Porto Santo, involving the entire school community.

The Action Plan is promoted by AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with Elementary and High School of Porto Santo. It is part of the Active Citizens Program (EEA Grants), managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, through the Education for Citizenship project, implemented by the Gonçalo da Silveira Foundation and the Portuguese Catholic University’s Research Center for Human Development.

AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development – ​​is a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO) that develops and promotes projects in Portugal in the fields of action of Education for Development and Active Citizenship and, also, Education of Childhood, Fighting Illiteracy and Promotion of Reading in Mozambique. Acting, Including and Developing through Education is the focus of its Mission.