Participatory budgeting as a practice was born in Brazil some 35 years ago and nowadays has spread worldwide. It consists of a process enabling participants to debate and make decisions together about effectively and democratically governing the commons. Participants are asked to share their needs, get to know and confront themselves with others’, negotiate and find a common ground and, eventually, choose priorities for their community by voting - therefore taking on first-hand the role of stakeholder and decision makers.
To extend participation to education means to directly involve pupils in their school’s decision making processes:
this, in turn, foster dialogue among them, with the school administration and with the local community to raise issues and bring about changes accordingly. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to get familiar to politics and its implications in citizens’ everyday life.
The project has a twofold goal: on the one hand, to strengthen participants’ civic duty and promote, since a young age, practices of active citizenship; on the other hand, to support a repossession of common spaces and a greater awareness and care of the commons by young participants.