Thinking Democracy differently

Location: Laval, Quebec

Start Date: 10/04/2019 9:00 am   End Date: 11/04/2019 5:00 pm

Thinking Democracy differently. Freedom and Political Violence.

A hundred or so young people gathered at Montmorency College for two days, on April 10 and 11, 2019. They came from several high schools and CEGEPs and were accompanied by their philosophy, ethics and religious culture teachers.

The Forum was an opportunity for them to deepen their reflection on this year’s theme Identities, Freedom and Political Violence.

Together, in small groups and in plenary, young people engaged in dialogue and sought consensus on these issues. Their mission was to formulate a view reflective of today’s youth on this subject.

Participants had the opportunity to prepare for these exchanges with the help of the educational toolkit available on the Youth Forum website—Thinking Democracy Differently. They met experts on the subject of study during the weeks leading up to the Forum.

Objectives of the Forum

  • To clarify various issues related to identities, freedom and political violence with experts and faculty.
  • To develop young people’s critical thinking within the framework of citizenship education.
  • To develop the practice of dialogue among young people within the context of deliberation.
  • To make CEGEP and secondary school students aware of the issue of radicalization leading to violence.
  • To formulate “a view reflective of today’s youth” on the theme proposed for this new edition.

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