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As part of the World Forum for Democracy 2016, we created a youth newsroom, which trained young participants at the Forum in essential ‘citizen journalism’ skills – providing them with the frame of mind and basic toolkit to elicit stories from visitors to the WFD. Explore the stories and interviews below.





 

The colonisation of knowledge: an interview with Nora Bateson

"Any citizen should be able to open a school."

Ramin Farhangi in conversation with Rosemary Bechler and Arleen Pimentel at the 2016 World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg.

"What is a fair and good way of measuring human rights education?"

Antonia Wulff in conversation with Rosemary Bechler and Kelly McBride at the 2016 World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg.

US member of the youth contingent at the World Forum for Democracy 2016 receives a standing ovation at the Council of Europe

At the Council of Europe, the audience rose to their feet to applaud Brendan Schultz's statement that the election of Donald Trump was nothing to do with democracy and that the world must pull together in its defence.

US election special: an oD youth newsroom roundtable

27 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we face a US president-elect threatening a wall of his own making.

'Democracy is a process' - an interview with Dr Sakena Yacoobi

Democracy is not something you take from one country and put in another, was the message to a reporter from the openDemocracy youth newsroom.

'If you can read it, you can do it' - an interview with Moses Machipisa

The WFD programme provided a safe space for Moses in 2014. An openDemocracy youth reporter catches up with him two years on.

Revolutionary acts: an oD youth newsroom roundtable

“I am very scared of what is happening in Europe. We are always at the risk that our democracies will be lost”. Our openDemocracy youth reporters deliver their verdict on the second day of the World Forum for Democracy.

Knock, knock: is there room for Democratic Schools?

The Democratic Schools model has had a lot of impact at the WFD, but is it just a fad? Here’s a reaction from the openDemocracy youth newsroom.

The cage

Our society and education moulds us: we must dare to be critical and reflect. A personal reaction to the WFD, from openDemocracy’s youth newsroom.

Know your rights

Inclusive, democratic education means including refugee children too.  openDemocracy’s youth newsroom reports from a lab looking at immigration and education.

How do you think about the future, now?

Thinking about the future means accepting huge complexity. For democracy to survive, it’s a skill we must learn. A view from the openDemocracy youth newsroom.

I am progressive, voting third-party, and privileged – just like you

A young American in Strasbourg attending the World Forum for Democracy takes a personal look at his stance in one of the world’s most impactful democratic exercises. 

What did you learn today?

The openDemocracy youth newsroom asked young participants at the World Forum for Democracy to share what inspired them, and what lessons they will be taking back home.

Humans of the World Forum for Democracy

"The problem is not with democracy, but with how the elites are practicing it": our youth newsroom went behind the scenes at this year's World Forum for Democracy.

Democratic schools and knowledge sharing: an oD youth newsroom roundtable

“Knowledge may not be enough. We may know a lot about democracy, but still be very bad at it.” Our openDemocracy youth reporters deliver their verdict on the first day of the World Forum for Democracy.

In the twenty-first century, do we need to rethink representation?

Despite the fact that our societies, laws and political climates have changed immensely over the last century, the concept of democratic representation has remained fundamentally the same in most nations. 

The colonisation of knowledge: an interview with Nora Bateson

"There is a ghost that we live with, and it's the ghost of colonialism. The ghost of the conquerors."

Democracy and education in Malaysia

I believe that education can be improved through technology, because technology ensures that a student in the smallest village in Africa can get the same education as a student studying in MIT. 

Revolutionise education

We let grades define our children's intelligence and the consequences of that are that many highly talented kids think they're not.

Peace through education in a war-torn country

How can children become the bright future of their communities?

The secret of change

I want to build a new world where high education will be accessible, inclusive, and will teach critical thinking.

Successful education takes place through youth-empowered media

"Bargaining away the truth and denying the people their right to know is what erodes and ruins even the most solid democracies."

Studying in Serbia

“The educational system in my country is deficient on a tragically high level.”

Education should celebrate diversity

“But in my own experience of being educated in the Netherlands, that is not currently the case.”

School has to teach today's students how to choose

"The most important message that school has to give to today's students is to take care of democracy."

Communication as an education tool

“I've seen how the reality of young people and marginalised communities can be changed.”

If you educate a girl, you educate a family, and a whole nation

"I think that gender discrimination is the principle reason for the lack of education."

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