Since November's World Forum for Democracy 2016, openDemocracy has been exploring how
education can rebuild democracy in a world of deepening inequalities. This week, we brought our latest evidence together.
We revisit the social start-up that
gives refugees access to higher education, meeting a 24 yr.old Syrian beneficiary and a Kiron
co-founder, both of whom’s future plans build on this ingenious scheme.
The Berlin-based social start-up Kiron Open Higher
Education delivers higher education to refugees. Through an innovative blended
learning model that consists of online and offline elements, bureaucratic,
financial and legal barriers are overcome.
openDemocracy is partnering with the World Forum for Democracy 2016 to
draw inspiration from a wide range of innovative grassroots and
political initiatives worldwide, and kick-start the debate on what
education can do for democracy and what democracy can do for education.
An interview with Catherine West, MP, secretary and co-founder
of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, scrutinising Brexit
negotiations and pushing for a progressive relationship with our European
In this wide-ranging
interview with human rights lawyer and former Privacy International head of
advocacy Carly Nyst, we discuss surveillance politics, radical thinking, and
human rights on the internet.
“If progressives focus too much on the
institutional sphere, the right wing can take the streets – they’ve done it before. If we don’t, someone else
will.” Interview with the author of Hope is a Promise. (5,800 words)
The Council for Europe's commissioner for human rights warns that
Europe’s new security-oriented turn restricts fundamental human rights, a
success for terrorists who want us to abandon our lifestyle and live in fear.
in France draws on British and Dutch policies developed in the mid-2000s. It extends
police action to areas of diversity management such as education, religion and
social policy. With what results? Interview.