Council of pupils

1. Country: Belgium

2. School/Organization, where the practice is collected: AGSO schools

3. Level of education:
☒ Primary
☒ Secondary
☐ Higher
☐ Adult education
☐ Other: _____________

4. Context, where the practice is executed:
☒ Classroom
☒ School
☒ Local
☐ National

5. How is embedded in curriculum (optional for practices from NGOs):
(subject, cross curricular)

A pupil council is embedded in the competence model of active citizenship. The schoolconcept ‘democratic school’ contains several goals and learning trajectories where participation and democratic skills are aimed for.

Tick boxes to which competencies the practice is related to.

Values
☐ Valuing human dignity and human rights
☐ Valuing cultural diversity
☒ Valuing democracy, justice, fairness, equality, and the rule of law

Attitudes
☐ Openness to cultural otherness and to other beliefs, world views and practices
☒ Respect
☒ Civic mindedness
☒ Responsibility
☒ Self-efficacy
☐ Tolerance of ambiguity

Skills
☐ Autonomous learning skills
☐ Analytical and critical thinking skills
☒ Skills of listening and observing
☒ Empathy
☒ Flexibility and adaptability
☒ Linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills
☒ Cooperation skills
☒ Conflict-resolution skills

Knowledge and critical understanding
☐ Knowledge and critical understanding of the self
☒ Knowledge and critical understanding of language and communication
☒ Knowledge and critical understanding of the world

6. Description
In several schools of AGSO there is a council of pupils. A Council of Pupils is a group of (elected) representatives who come together to discuss and address issues related to their education and the school community. This council plays a crucial role in promoting active citizenship by giving students a platform to voice their opinions and concerns, and by empowering them to make positive changes in their school and local community.

Through their participation in the council, students learn important leadership and cooperation skills, as well as the importance of communication, compromise, and decision-making. They gain a sense of responsibility and a deeper understanding of the impact they can have on their community. Furthermore, they are encouraged to think critically about social and communal issues and to take a proactive approach to addressing them.

The Council of Pupils is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, to be involved in their school community, and to make a positive impact. It is an important tool for fostering active citizenship and empowering the next generation of leaders to make meaningful changes in their communities.

7. Assessment:
☒ Yes
☐ No

If yes, describe what kind of assessment/feedback is included in practice?
Formative assessment, each action of initiative of the council is evaluated in the next meeting. This assessment is taken into account in developing new activities or repeating activities.

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