Apr 10, 2019

Wettbewerb "Demokratisch Handeln" (Competition "Democratic Action")

  • Crimson Education
  • Germany
Competition Skill Building Other


Since 1990, the Democratic Action competition has been open to all general education schools in Germany. With the invitation "Gesagt, Getan! - We are looking for examples of democracy. At school and beyond", school groups are to be addressed, but pupils, in particular, are to be encouraged to participate. The ideal partner for the competition is the Theodor Heuss Foundation. The Förderverein Demokratisch Handeln e.V. is the sponsor of the competition.

Children and young people can take part alone, in groups or together with teachers of all types of schools and school levels, also with parents and youth workers. They are interested in topics and projects from the everyday life of schools and youth work, in particular, those that enable them to take responsibility for their own activities.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Ages 6-21 years old



The various competitions relating to Democratic Action are offered to all general education schools in Germany - therefore participation is not highly competitive.

Participation Cost


There are no associated costs with participating in this competition.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


There are no prior skills that are necessary for participation, rather, the objective of the competition is to stimulate students to think, learn and act in a sustainable way. Students are to be led and supported during their individual pursuit of knowledge about global connections and challenges such as climate change and global justice and their complex economic, ecological and social causes.

With respect to these issues, an important concept that will allow participants to succeed in this competition is ‘Gestaltungskompetenz’, or competence to shape the future. It is understood to mean the ability to recognize problems of sustainable development and to use relevant knowledge. ‘Gestaltungskompetenz’ consists of skills such as foresighted thinking, interdisciplinary knowledge, independent action and participation in societal decision-making processes. However, the development of attitudes and convictions, as well as self- and group decision-making experiences on the part of the learners are also of substantial importance in order for learning processes to be stimulated and sustained in a long-term way.

Time Commitment


There are various events, modules, and tasks that are part of this competition throughout the year. It is not a short, one-off event - but rather something that participants must be actively working towards across a number of months.

Application Deadline

Registration for the competition is possible from April onwards. The documentation of the project should be submitted by the closing date in November (dates are TBA).

Application Process Includes

Applications can be made online, and should contain the following attachments:
• A covering letter stating the contact person of the project and the contact address.
• Short profile of the school or initiative (type, size, address, telephone number, email, homepage, etc.)
• A representation of the project in the form of a brief but concise written report
• Comprehensible presentation of the participation of pupils, teachers, adolescents and possibly parents.
• Sound and image recordings, photos and other project results as an extension of the project presentation.