Education for Participation

On 2nd September 2016, members of the Open Government Scotland Network met at Lauriston Halls, Edinburgh, to discuss possible committments for a Scotland Open Government Action Plan.

One suggestion was a committment to improving education for participation from the early years upwards. The group recognised the need to continually involve children and young people in matters that concern them thus building up an expectation and experience of participating. 

Why the contribution is important

It is important that we realise the goals of the Curriculum for excellence – engaged citizens and effective communicators. Greater opportunities for learning have also been raised in the Network's engagement with young people involved in the IDEAS Young Citizens Advocates Series and through events held with Young Scot.  

by PaulBradley on June 06, 2018 at 03:28PM

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  • Posted by AJ June 24, 2018 at 08:18

    while it's obvious that growing a population that understand how the political system works is going to bear fruit in the future, that needs also to happen now. It should be possible for any interested adult to take a course, at various levels including the most basic, to better understand existing systems and potential changes by understanding what happens elsewhere. Everything from a web course, a series of work books from the library, an evening class at local college up to a diploma course with a qualification.
  • Posted by Swannie July 27, 2018 at 14:15

    I think the Local Governance Review outcome will need to be considered. Surely if communities are to get more power in regards to decision making then this will not be sustainable unless our young people have a knowledge and interst in how governance works.

    Surely better decisions can be made when being made by a person or group with at least basic knowledge of participatory democracy.
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