Democracy surrounds us, it’s what forms our civilization. A democracy gives the people the power to make change, to influence and affect massive decisions that our government takes. This shares the power of authority between all of us, and it is important that young people are aware of the influence they hold if they use this power wisely.
PROCHILD is a transnational inter-agency project involving the following six countries from the European Union: 1) Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna (UNIBO), Italy; 2) Terveyden Ja Hyvinvoinnin Laitos (THL), Finland; 3) La Voix De L'enfant (LVDE), France; 4) Independent Academic Research Studies International Institute (IARS), United Kingdom; 5) Katholische Fachhochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen (KatHO NRW), Germany; and 6) Institouton Ygeias Tou Paidiou (ICH), Greece. PROCHILD is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of victims of child abuse.
Democracy. One word, several meanings. Everyone’s individual take on democracy varies in some way or another. Has anyone ever stopped to ask what it means to you as a young person? Has anyone ever discussed what a democracy is with you? Don’t worry if you’re sat down reading this and answering “no” in your head to the last two questions. You’ll more likely than not find that most other young people are in the same boat as you.
So let’s change that. Let’s talk about what democracy is, and how it affects you.