The Hertie Commission is addressing challenges to democracy, such as authoritarian trends and misinformation, by developing educational programs for children and adolescents that promote competencies for a pluralistic society. With discussions around lowering the voting age to 16, democracy education in schools becomes increasingly important. The focus is on creating effective strategies involving stakeholders in politics, education, media, and civil society. Full-day schools and afternoon care offer spaces for democracy education, particularly considering the legal entitlement to full-day primary school care from 2026. The Hertie Commission aims to stimulate concrete reforms by early 2023, with an interim study presented in autumn 2022 and the final report in the first half of 2023.
Detailed information about this project and our overall activities can be found on the German website.