Thought for the Day, 15th September

Date published: Mon 13 Sep 2021   Author: HLH/SGE   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Thought For The Day – Wednesday 15th September 2021

Democracy Day

Today the world celebrates International Democracy Day.  What is Democracy and why is it important?  

The word “democracy” derives from two Greek words that mean people (demos) and rule (kratos).  To a certain extent, like so much, for example, medicine, drama and philosophy.  the roots of democracy lie in Ancient Greece.

Democracy is the idea that the citizens of a country take an active role in the government of their country and manage it directly or through elected representatives, such as Members of Parliament or councillors.  Our local Member of Parliament for this constituency or area is Julie Marson.  “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”, said former American President Abraham Lincoln.

People have sacrificed for democracy in many countries over many years. Democracy is not perfect and needs carefully cultivated and nurtured by all.

There is something bigger than ourselves. Democracy involves inclusion and respect for everyone.  You demonstrate the value of democracy at TBSHS when you elect your form representatives,  show student leadership out of class and in the community,  when you respectfully participate in student surveys on the school, when you respectfully discuss, debate,  speak up and speak out about a topic in lessons (we as teachers learn from points you make) and, vitally,  when you and we look after one another.

The theme of this day this year is “Strengthening Democratic Resilience” in these times of global pandemic, with a focus on rights and responsibilities, legality, media literacy, fighting misinformation, disinformation and hate speech on-line and off-line, highlighting and challenging inequality, focusing on the rights of  women,  youth, minorities and other marginalized populations. 

Democracy benefits all. Happy World Democracy Day.  Have a good day.

International Day of Democracy