This category focuses on educational initiatives aimed at increasing citizens’ critical thinking. It also includes innovative tools and methods to make activism more efficient and able to reach a broader audience.

Democracies need democrats, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Civic education was indispensable in building a liberal democracy in the Federal Republic after 1945 and in reunited Germany after 1989. While there was an immediate link to the experience of totalitarian rule in te early days, civic education is today confronted by new challenges, in particular the rise of political extremism. Our democratic order cannot work without civic involvment: each generation needs civic education and governmental support for the active involvment of people in societal life. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung aims to empower citizens in order for them to promote parliamentary and representativedemocracy and to assume an active role in politics and society.