Participatory Democracy

 

Promoting Participatory Democracy

As explained by some Greek Philosophers, there is a difference between a citizen and an inhabitant. An inhabitant is one who merely resides in a given territory. A citizen, on the contrary, by participating in the governance process determines his living conditions and therefore is a free individual. Citizens do not participate only periodically in elections, but participation is continuous. Citizens formulate and defend their own interests through various civic organizations, such as interests’ groups, political parties, civic associations, NGOs and grassroots citizens’ lobbies. Participation transforms individuals into public citizens: political interest, preferences and abilities for judging public issues emerge in the process of public deliberation.
We are working to make it possible to realize particpatory democracy at grassroots.


What are we doing ?

EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Governments have a greater role and mandate to ensure Participatory Democracy at the very grassroots. Effective local governance is also a key for promoting social inclusion and combating social exclusion, as it improves access to basic services, mobilizes human and financial resources, and strengthens social and human capital. Likewise, broad-based participation, contributes to good local governance, to fostering transparency, accountability, legitimacy and to making quality decisions with higher levels of implementation and compliance. (United Nations) It’s time to empower local governments and start treating people not as inhabitants, but as citizens; and not as subjects, but as sovereigns.

Activities:
 Capacity building of Local Government Officials – selected and elected, both.
 Creating awareness among masses to participate in local government system effectively.
 Training future leaders from grassroots Strengthening LGIs with innovations.

CULTIVATING THE IDEA OF DEMOCRACY

Schools and Universities should be viewed not only as institutions that impart certain knowledge and skills to students, but also as environments that socialize them. The prevailing educational culture found in most schools is based on a philosophy of scientific management in which hierarchy, linearity, and efficiency are stressed. Students learn how to follow direction, conform to norms, and compete with each other in order to succeed. This traditional pedagogy relies on didactic, authoritative learning methodologies in which the teacher is viewed as the “expert” with knowledge to impart to the students. It teaches students important fundamental lessons about their proper, passive roles in their education and by inference in society-at-large. These “closed” classroom environments fail to teach students much about democratic processes and how to function within them. (Christopher Koliba, Ph.D.). We must realize that the aims of education should also be devoted to the preservation of democratic processes.

Activities:
 Training and workshop for teachers of educational institutions.
 Sensitization workshop for students.
 Helping schools framing effective curriculum to cultivate democracy among the students.
 Organizing Bal and Youth Parliaments.
 Conducting various competitions and Olympiads.