Our EfD Model is derived from the four fundamental premises:

  1. Democratic education needs to cover all – axiological, pragmatic, affective, and cognitive – educational domains and thus address the four respective questions: What do we think of democarcy?, What do we do for democracy?, How do we feel about democracy?, and How do we construe democracy?
  2. Democratic education needs to remain interdisciplinary and thus encompass different perspectives, offered by – inter alia – economic sciences, humanisties, sociology, and political science.
  3. Democratic education needs to take into account the wide educational appeal, that is education provided not only by schools, but also by media, non-governmantal organisations, and local government. Accordingly, democratic education needs to include both formal schooling as well as non-formal and extra-formal educational settings, with one’s family and closest surroundings also involved.
  4. Democratic education needs to assign a special status to language, which underlies the freedoom speech, open dialogue, intercultural diversity, fair communication, and multi-faceted diversity.