Cards for Democracy
Published on
February 02, 2016
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The international non-governmental association (INGO) Learn to Change – Change to Learn (L2C) acts in the field of formal, non formal and informal education in a way that:

  1. Contributes to the welfare of its key stakeholders.
  2. Respects the rights of all constituents affected by its actions.

Our Vision

A world in which education is the foundation of a just, inclusive and thriving society.

Our Mission

We stand to re-think and transform education and pedagogy. Our mission is to develop individual and collective potential to co-create and actively participate in a sustainable, open and peaceful society.

What we do and why does it matter?

While our organization puts educators at the center, it concerns each of us, as lifelong learners, as teachers, as parents, as social, political and cultural actors who care and can act for the social good.

Our actions promote transformative educational practices that generate conditions for the development of the whole person and excellence within a frame of social justice and creative human emancipation.

For this, we focus on personal and professional development:

  • We support the educational activities through consultancy and direct services in formal and non-formal contexts;
  • We offer training through courses, workshops, and conferences at local and international levels;
  • We collect and spread ideas that promote educational transformation through our resource center and publications;
  • We influence policy making through educational research and partnerships

Rules of Conduct and Communication

L2C commits to

  • Transparency in all actions.
  • Shared decision decision-making and democratic processes.

As a member you commit to following principles and values:

  1. You agree to base your action within this community on the respect for the fundamental values: human rights, democracy, human dignity.
  2. You also agree to communicate in a respectful and constructive manner with the other members coming from a diversity of socio-cultural and economic contexts in Europe and beyond. Mutual understanding is at the heart of our work, and we invite you to:
  • Suspend judgment of individuals and groups based on very little or no information and first impressions;
  • Understand the ways in which meanings of concepts are influenced by contexts and power relations;
  • Accept the fact that every individual constructs knowledge differently, explain your thoughts clearly and support them with a wide range of arguments;
  • Listen actively and find out about people’s’ thoughts and feelings before commenting on their actions;
  • Question the validity of arguments that are put forward; be ready to cope with complex issues and to avoid one-dimensional answers;
  • Make an effort to understand the viewpoint of other people, compare ideas and revise your viewpoint accordingly;
  • Accept the fact that your actions can reflect your personal values and beliefs more authentically than words;
  • Be ready to take responsibility and to be accountable for your actions and choices;
  • Be ready to learn from challenges and focus on problem solving, using intuitive and lateral thinking;
  • Expect not to understand all aspects of a topic, and ask questions to explore different understandings.

Mediation in situations of misunderstandings and conflict

The board members reserve the right to withdraw the membership at any time if the core L2C values are not respected by a member.

In case of conflict, the board members take the leadership through mediation, arbitration and negotiation of the situation with the intention to be fair and generous. The board members will interact in a respectful way with all members involved in the situations of misunderstanding and conflict. To mediate the situations of misunderstandings and conflicts, the board members will act in the following way:

  • Receive a complaint;
  • Clarify the terms of the disagreement through meaningful dialogue;
  • Reply within 10 days;
  • Evaluate the situation, seek resolution with a mediator if needed, and reach for an agreement;
  • In cases unresolved, the general assembly will be responsible for finding proposals for settlement.

In order to prevent conflict, all parties, with the leadership of the board, will:

  • Acknowledge and be aware to other people’s feelings;
  • Be open to understand behaviours, attitudes and opinions of others;
  • Stear away from personalising issues by taking into account all parties needs;
  • Focus on active listening, analyzing different standpoints and strive for critical thinking and problem solving;
  • Demonstrate respect towards others.

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