- Participatory democracy
Learning, research and action for citizenship
The Citizenship Academy’s main goal is to boost active citizenship and the construction of development roots with principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. They have the ambition to empower people and organisations in the exercise of deepening democracy. Educational, communicative and artistic activities are their areas of intervention and their methodologies are non-formal education, and participative and active research.
The motto of Citizenship Academy was launched by the people who organised the “Geração à rasca” (“distressed generation”) protest, which happened on the 12th of March 2011. This initiative opened a new way of citizen participation in Europe by being convened solely through social networks without any political party or union supports. On that day, hundreds of thousands of people went out on the streets in Portugal and around the World, protesting peacefully, irreverently and creatively. This inspired a series of protests and national and international movements under the name of “Indignados” (15-M / Real Democracy Now) that inspired the “Occupy” worldwide protest.
The Citizenship Academy promotes human dignity in its own diversity, multiculturalism and interculturalism, the deepening of democracy and the construction of a universally free, fair, conscientious, critical, solidarity and fraternal society.