“Based on the premise that practicing human rights protection equals to democratic rule of law, and there is no one right way to educate for democratic leadership, but understanding that democratising the educational process is important, the Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece aims to foster democratic governance and participation in public debate by promoting democratic political culture, civic participation, free media, and by giving a voice to those marginalized or unheard.”
Despina Syrri, Director
Since 2011, Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece, affiliated to the Council of Europe Network of Schools, has been working to strengthen democratic processes, empower civil society and develop education, research and advocacy initiatives for human rights and the rule of law. In the 10 years that have passed, Symbiosis has implemented dozens of seminars and trainings and has on a regular basis participated in the World Forum for Democracy of the CoE in Strasbourg, aimed at education, cooperation and dialogue between civil society and policy makers. In 2020 Symbiosis has been honored by the European Parliament with the European Citizen Award.
Documenting more than ten years of operation, we present some of the work implemented by the organization, focusing on actions to combat discrimination, social inclusion, democratic citizenship, freedom of expression, democratic governance, equality and gender-based violence, migration and environmental protection.