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International Day of Democracy

September 16, 2018


September 15 is the International Day of Democracy

When we take the long view, democracy has been on the rise. Today, more than half of the world lives in democratically governed countries. This progress, however, cannot leave us resting on our laurels. On the contrary, it must show us the way to a more democratic future that pulls the other half of humanity out of undemocratic rule and have us resist autocratic tendencies whenever and wherever they arise.
 
"Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces." -
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
 
In the coming week, I encourage all of us in the Louis Riel School Division to reflect on one of our three priorities for student learning: citizenship. 

Democratic citizenship doesn't happen without the following: education, the respect for human rights, the right to participate in the development of laws and institutions, free elections marked by universal suffrage, the rule of law, an independent press, and an open and dynamic civil society.
 
The International Day of Democracy presents everyone in LRSD with an opportunity to learn about and highlight these essential elements of democracy in our classrooms, in our schools, and in our local communities.

“Students need to come to understand that the reason for learning is to nurture their intellectual talents for the construction of our society into a more democratic just and caring place to live.” - Maxine Greene
 
It's reassuring to know our schools can inspire change for a more democratic world.
 
#LRSDcitizenship

posted September 15, 2018
Christian Michalik, Acting Superintendent
 
 
 
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