Cards for Democracy for All
By Learn 2 Change’s Team
Democracy is much broader than a special political form, a method of conducting government, of making laws and carrying on governmental administration… It is that, of course. But it is something broader and deeper than that. It is… a way of life, social and individual.
DEMOCRACY is a right and also a struggle. Each and everyone of us can develop our:
- Creative possibilities to imagine a ethical and just society;
- Willingness to act for the society we wish to live in;
- Agency to change our environments with our vision in mind.
“The key-note of democracy as a way of life may be expressed as the necessity for the participation of every mature human being in formation of the values that regulate the living of men together”
J. Dewey, Democracy and Educational Administration, in School and Society (1937)
What are Cards for Democracy?
Cards for Democracy for All are a set of 60 cards intended for all individuals, on their own and in groups. The cards help to reflect on our intention, and to nurture a disposition to examine and improve our attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding to better contribute to creating democratic spaces and improve our practices and behaviors for co-constructing a more just and happy society.
It all starts with me!
- What are my values? Are they democratic?
- Do I practice my values or am I a living inconsistency?
- What are the democratic values that are identified as important by others around me?
- Are the practices, actions and behaviors of actors in my community in line with these values or not? How so? What needs to be done to change any inconsistency?
It can be uplifting to experience how the values we hold dear take many shapes in our lives. Our values and inner conditions shape us and govern our actions as we engage in activities with any group.
This is a collaborative work in progress that L2C offers as a creative commons product to allow you to explore, invent and use C4D with freedom and creativity.
How were they created?
60 educators (teachers, professors, school-heads…) collaborated for some 6 years to develop learning activities that help nurture a democratic environment. We realized that whether the topic, whether it was teaching history, civics, language etc. There was a core set of learning outcomes that were the same in each area. We decided to work on finding what these core elements were.
Once we had found the core competences, we set off to identify what observables behaviors we could engage in that would show that we possess the competences: the cards are the behaviors we can display do in different contexts.
The full set of Cards for Democracy in PDF format is available for download to members of Learn to Change.
Click below, download and print your own set now!
A big thank you to the Pestalozzi community members who have helped us translate them and to eTwinning for their support as well: Veton Sylhasi, Gilda Rrushi, Liridon Mulliqi (Albanian); Olga Jukić, Milos Jeremić, Jasminka Milošević, Visnja Rajić, Milka Mihailović, Sladjana Domladovac, Marta Nikolic (Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian); Evelina Ivanova (Bulgarian); Maria-Angeles Hernandez Sierra & Mercé Bernaus (Catalan); Patricia Garouste, Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Audrey Cheinut (French); Nona Maziashvili (Georgian); Carmen Becker & Stephan Schustereder (German); Foteini Veneti, Maria Sfetkou, Barbara Koziori, Anna Maria Panagiotidou, Julie Gyftoula, Chrystalla Kaloyirou (Greek); Cinzia Billa, Daniela Trausi, Paola Lupi, Rita Morresi, (Italian); Dalia Uržaitė, Rasa Aškinytė (Lithuania); Annapetra Jenssen, Arild Nyvoll, Karoline Slåttum (Norwegian); Emília Alexe (Romanian); Marta Viñes Jimeno (Spanish); Oksana Solovyova, Natalia Kidalova & Krystyna Chushak (Ukrainian); Alena Pali & Iryna Lapitskaya (Russian); Luisa Black- de Bivar, Christina Gomes da Sylva (Portuguese).
The next available versions will be Albanian and Romanian. If you have been following us for some time, then you will probably already be aware of the project which has to do with our core values. What is new is that the L2C teams are now preparing a workshop and coaching for teachers wanting to use these versatile and fun cards! You will hear more about this in 2022.
We offer training and coaching for using the C4D. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the professional development of educators: Cards for democracy – Teachers’ edition is a very handy tool for working with teachers that we all love to use at L2C.
Join our Community of Practice here: Facebook Group – Cards for Democracy devoted to conversation and activities to do with learner using the cards.
Teaching and learning activities with C4D: self-assessment, peer to peer, ideas for a more democratic year at school, learning journey.