Democracy: an educational urgency in pluricultural and plurireligious contexts

Democracy: an educational urgency in pluricultural and plurireligious contexts

The rise of new populisms, the attention-seeking behavior of new political and economic-financial élites, the distance between the political establishment and the civil society, the return of neo-sovereign, nationalism and separatist ideas… Democracy is called to reorganize itself to reply to change!


Ivory Coast
United States of America


Democratic thinking and the political-institutional forms of democracy arose in a time and contexts that no longer exist. The modern democracies are called to deal theoretically with this distance and, from a practical point of view, to reorganize themselves to reply to change.
To this process the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation contributes with the project «Democracy: an educational urgency in pluricultural and plurireligious contexts».
The project is carried out simultaneously in 14 Universities in the world (the so-called Antennas), which in their context are carrying out two types of activities:
intellectual, through researches about the relation between education and democracy;
educational, trough educational training about the democratic citizenship.
The project plans Annual Seminars to share the started projects and a final international Congress (2021). In addition there will be realized intermediate and final publications, including a guidelines for the teachers.


The project aims to start educational trainings capable of transforming democratic practices, informing them of the positive values of peace, solidarity and the common good. In this way, the project wants to support the harmonious co-existence of citizens with different religious faiths, ethical visions and traditions in pluralistic democratic social systems based on the mutual recognition of identities and related legitimate interests.
To achieve this goal, the project has some specific goals:
organize an international group of experts, professors, Ph.D. students, and public or private entities, to promote an open debate on democracy;
establish a democratic thought that cares of the principles and values of the social doctrine of the Church, coordinated to the new educational challenges that are necessary to build democracy in our age of cultural and ethical-religious pluralism;
promote educational training about the democracy citizenship, for schools and universities (without excluding other social agents);
publish a guidelines for educators, for the education to democracy of the youths.


In addition to the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation, which participates to the project through a dedicated Scientific Coordination Committee, the project sees the collaboration of the following universities:


Universidade Católica de Moçambique, Beira, Moçambique
Université Catholique d’Afrique de l’Ouest, Cote d'Ivoire

South America

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Universidad Anahuac, México D.F., Mexico
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú
Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

North America

The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., U.S.A.


Christ University, Bangalore, India
Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines


Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain
Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Roma, Italy
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy


Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, Beyrouth, Lebanon

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