Educate Democracy

Non-formal adult education - or "folkeoplysning" - focuses on democracy and culture

The Muhammad cartoon crisis in 2006 made DAEA turn focus on democratic values in Denmark with a campaign called "Educate Democracy".

In DAEA we considered ourselves capable of delivering the necessary information to prevent prejudices and we believed that we were able to contribute to the kind of dialogue which helps society move ahead.  

The chairman of the Danish parliament was protector for this campaign. It was praised by the Danish minister of Education and his ministry also pledged financial support.

In the campaign we focussed on Danish democratic values asking questions like: How do we define our values and how do we deal with diversity. The methods we decided to use were education, cultural contact and dialogue.

Discussions were set up and events were arranged based on further questions such as: Democratic civic rights - how did we get them? How is democracy implemented? Where to draw the borderline between freedom of expression and freedom of religion?

 Five 'Democracy Sheets'

In addition to the events and debates arranged by DAEA and our member organisations, five fact sheets about democracy were made available by highly qualified experts and researchers on the subject to be used as educational materials for self-study or courses.

Please find each of these sheets in the menu to the left.

1. History of Democracy
2. Democracy and citizenship

3. Principles of democracy

4. The right of information

5. Power and democracy


The campaign was coordinated by Christine Seestoft, DAEA.

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"Democracy is a form of governance with a number of rights which constantly need to be explained, defended, confronted and developed."

Naser Khader, former head of Danish Adult Education Association

Educate democracy

The ambitions of DAEA

DAEA considers it an objective and a responsibility of adult education to contribute to general and vocational education of each individual and to be instrumental in securing and developing democracy.

It is a responsibility of adult education to improve the involvement of citizens in decision-making, and to improve co-responsibility and active commitment of citizens in the development of society through its various adult education activities.

It is also the objective of adult education to participate in securing citizen's knowledge of rights and obligations and assist efforts to increase general knowledge and participation in a society of freedom, equality and democracy.