London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Social responsibility versus social vulnerability: Students propose ways to face the economic crisis - The case of Greece, the Czech Republic and Lithuania

Author(s) Kyridis, A., Vamvakidou, I., Petrucijová, J., Zaleskiene, I., Zagkos, C., Ene, C. & Papoutzis, L.  
Publisher London:CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
During the last two years Europe has experienced an unprecedented economic crisis, leading the Greek population into a situation of unbearable financial difficulty. Large groups of the population live in a situation of social fragility and the political system seems unable to establish new alternatives or solutions. We planned and implemented a project in secondary schools Greece, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, that aimed at mobilising pupils to deal, both virtually and practically, with the social consequences of the financial crisis. The pupils’ community proposed, agreed and planned ways of facing unemployment and poverty through direct political participation, direct democracy, and by developing an extremely high level social and political responsibility. Keywords: Social responsibility, citizenship, Greece, Lithuania, Czech Republic

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